By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
Council members voted 5-0 in favor of a development agreement with Olsen Urban Housing to construct a 17-unit single family small-lot subdivision at 11631 and 11641 Trask Ave.
In the public hearing before the vote, one speaker, Peggy Bergin, opposed the project. “We’re looking at 17 houses on three acres,” she said voicing concerns about privacy and density. “It’s horrible.”
John Reekstih, representing Olsen, told the council that the project was less dense than originally planned and “we look forward to building a top quality project.”
Also Tuesday night, the council recognized the Hyatt Regency Orange County for its 25 years in the city. It is the monthly Outstanding Business Honoree.
The large complex began life in 1985 as a hotel-office development anchored by what was then called the Princess Alicante. Over the years it’s been rebranded and expanded. A major add-on was the Garden Grove Conference Center, which has hosted major events including the Republican State Convention.
It was the first major hotel in the city and served as the start of the large and growing hospitality and entertainment district in the area of Chapman Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.
The evening was lengthened in part by comments made by city council candidates and others at the last meeting before the election.
“I’ll be glad when this is all over,” said Councilman Bruce Broadwater, who is seeking a return to the mayor’s post. “I don’t care if I win, lose or draw. I just want it to be over.”
Several speakers also thanked outgoing Mayor Bill Dalton for his service to the city.