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Amerige Court Downtown Project

Status as of 2/27/09: Architectural details and financing options to be reviewed by City Council at a future date (TBD)


Status as of 8/20/08: The project was approved by City Council on August 19, 2008. You may review the staff report and recommended conditions here.

Notice of Determination (NOD)

Status as of 06/26/08:

June 25, 2008 Planning Commission Power Point Presentation

June 25, 2008 Planning Commission Memorandum

A staff report has been prepared for the 05/28/08 Planning Commission meeting. The report was distributed to the Commissioners and made available at the the Main Public Library (05-23-08). A copy of the Planning Commission staff report and Engineering Department Letter are provided below.

May 28, 2008 Planning Commission Staff Report:

Status as of 05/09/08:

The Planning Commission continued the Amerige Court project from April 9, 2008 to May 14, 2008. The continuation was necessary because [1] lack of a Planning Commission quorum, and [2] the applicant initiated project revisions based on comments identified in the RDRC staff report.

On May 5, 2008 the City received the final architectural packet for the revised project, as well as an updated EIR Addendum. Staff has been preparing a Planning Commission report , but will not be able to finish and distribute the report in a timeframe appropriate for a May 14, 2008 meeting. Therefore staff has recommended that the Planning Commission continue the project to May 28, 2008. Notice to the public were mailed Friday, May 8 indicating that that the project will be continued.

Plans of the most recent proposal are provided below:

A portable document format (PDF) version of the most recent EIR Addendum is provided below:

A hard copy of the May 2008 Addendum is available for viewing at the Community Development Department's Front Counter in City Hall, and at the Main City Library.

RDRC Review:

On March 27, 2008 the Redevelopment Design Review Committee (RDRC) considered the revised proposal and recommended that the Planning Commission and City Council approve the concept design. A staff report was prepared to outline the purview of the RDRC and the design concept.

RDRC Report

Revised Project:

On February 29, 2008 the applicant submitted a revised project. The revised project is similar to the alternative presented to the City Council on April 2007.

A mixed-use development on the north and south sides of the 100 block of West Amerige Avenue, on two existing public parking lots, plus three parcels to the west of the parking lots, south of Amerige Avenue. The revised project includes up to 124 residential units and as much as 40,000 square feet of commercial space (retail and office).

On March 24, 2008 the City completed the Draft Addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). Hard copies of the Draft Addendum are available for review at the Community Development Department front Counter at City Hall, and at the Main City Library.

Below are plans for the proposed revised Amerige Court concept:

Council Study Session:

The City Council reviewed an alternative concept in April 2007 at a public study session. The alternative concept considered:

  • Expanding the project to Malden Avenue on the south side of Amerige Avenue (Final Environmental Impact Report's "Malden Alternative");
  • Reductions in the additional parking required;
  • Increase in the public plaza; and
  • Reductions in the building height.

The Council expressed general support of the concept project.

Council Meeting 03/20/07:

The City Council certified the Draft Environmental Impact Report. They rejected the 9-story proposal and remanded the project to a Council study session with additional analysis to be provided to consider removing the additional 50% parking requirement. Council directed the applicant to revise the project to show alternatives that would achieve the Council's concerns.

Notice of Determination


Project Description:

The project site is comprised of two publicly-owned parking lots (approx. 2.8 acres) located in the area between Wilshire Avenue to the north, Harbor Boulevard to the east, Commonwealth Avenue to the south and Malden Avenue to the west. The site is bisected by Amerige Avenue. The project proposal is for a multi-story, mixed-use development with up to 124 multi-family residential units and up to 30,000 square feet of commercial uses. A public parking garage is also included.

Past Status Reports

Status as of 11/15/06:

The City received a number of comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and has prepared responses to those comments. The “Response to Comments” document is provided below:

On Thursday September 21, 2006 the Redevelopment Design Review Committee (RDRC) reviewed the proposed project and voted to recommend approval to the City Council, subject to staff's recommended conditions. The RDRC expressed support for the project as a whole, but did have concerns regarding the elevations of the building north of Amerige Ave. A copy of the RDRC staff report and minutes are provided above.

On Wednesday September 27, 2006 the Planning Commission reviewed the proposed project and voted to recommend that the City Council certify the environmental impact report (DEIR) and approve the proposed project. A copy of the Planning Commission staff report and minutes are provided above.

The following plans reflect the most recent revisions to the project:

Status as of 8/22/06:

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the proposed Amerige Court Mixed-Used Development is available for public review and comment pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Draft EIR addresses the environmental effects associated with the implementation of the Amerige Court project. A digital version of the Draft EIR sections are provided below; and hard copies are available for review at the following locations:

City Hall, Community Development Dept. – 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

Fullerton Public Library, Main Branch – 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments pertaining to the Draft EIR. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ends September 21, 2006. Comments should be sent at the earliest possible date, but must arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 21, 2006. Please submit your written comments to:

Mr. Jay Eastman, Acting Chief Planner
303 W. Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Report

Draft Environmental Impact Report for Amerige Court Mixed-Use Development (SCH No. 20066061034)

Cover Page

Table of Contents

1.0 Executive Summary

2.0 Introduction

3.0 Project Description

4.0 Environmental Setting, Thresholds of Significance, Environmental Impacts, Mitigation Program, Cumulative Impacts and Level of Significance After Mitigation

4.1 Land Use and Planning

4.2 Aesthetics

4.3 Transportation

4.4 Air Quality

4.5 Noise

4.6 Cultural Resources

4.7 Hazards and Hazardous Materials

4.8 Public Services

4.9 Utilities and Service Systems

5.0 Alternatives

6.0 Long-Term Implications of the Proposed Project

7.0 List of EIR Preparers and Contributors

8.0 References

Appendices

A Notice of Preparation, Initial Study, and Comments Received on the NOP

B Traffic Impact Analysis

C Air Quality Assessment

D Noise Assessment

E Historic Resources Report Assessment and Impacts Analysis

F Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Limited Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

G Hydrology Study

H Water System Hydraulic Analysis

Status as of 8/10/06: A Community Meeting/Design Workshop was conducted on July 27, 2006 and on August 9, 2006 before the Redevelopment Design Review Committee and Planning Commission (respectively). The meeting/workshop was intended to obtain feedback on building architecture and design.

Slide Show from Meeting

An architectural image survey has been created by the Developer to solicit community input on the project. Please feel free to review the slide show and complete the survey (below).

Survey Slide Show

Survey form - Completed surveys may be mailed to City of Fullerton, Redevelopment Agency, 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832 OR by e-mail to Rob Ferrier OR may be hand-delivered to the Redevelopment and Economic Development Department (3rd floor, City Hall). If you have questions, please contact Rob Ferrier at (714)738-4102. Surveys should be returned by Sept. 1, 2006.

Updated Concept Plans and Concept Elevations:

Concept Site Plans: Level 1, Level 2, Level 4, Level 8

Concept Elevation Plan

July 2006 - Documents posted for review

Initial Study Checklist Form

Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report

Regional Location Map

Local Vicinity Map

Conceptual Site Plan

Developer Contact:

Pelican-Laing Fullerton LLC
1100 Quail Street, Suite 102
Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949)263-9210

City Contacts:

Jay Eastman, Acting Chief Planner (714)738-6549

Rob Ferrier, Redevelopment Project Manager (714)738-4102

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