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Developer hits pause button on One Metro West project in Costa Mesa

Developer Rose Equities has asked Costa Mesa to postpone consideration of One Metro West, a 15.23-acre project that would add 1,057 apartments, 25,000 square feet of offices and 6,000 square feet of retail shops off Sunflower Avenue next to SOCO.

The project won the Planning Commission’s support in May and was expected to go to the City Council soon after for final approval. But the developer sought and received a delay until November.

“We felt that it would be appropriate to take this off the agenda for now, while the city was dealing with a whole host of issues” related to the coronavirus pandemic, and with an election coming up, said Leonard Glickman of Rose Equities.

About 10% of the apartments at One Metro West would be reserved for lower-income families. While most residents agree the city needs more affordable housing, some have raised concerns about traffic, air quality and the overall size of the project.

City planners have said One Metro West would require voter approval under Measure Y, a 2016 initiative that requires a public vote on projects that meet certain criteria, so it would have to go up for a vote some time in 2021.

Source: Orange County Register

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