A 1,057-unit mixed-use development in Costa Mesa has received city council backing, but now must gain the public’s approval.
According to the O.C. Register, the proposed One Metro West development will likely find itself on the November 2022 ballot, as a 2016 measure gives residents a say on larger developments.
One Metro West is planned on 15.23 acres east of the Santa Ana River between Sunflower Avenue and right along the 405 freeway. The 1,000-plus units will include 106 affordable-housing set asides, along with space for retail and offices within the complex. as well as shops and office space. Additionally, the project developer, Rose Equities, will commit to $10 million in required parks, traffic and other impact fees; $6 million for public safety, roads, bike trails and an economic recovery fund; and a public park and community center.
The newspaper noted that that while the developer is on the hook for election costs no matter when the project goes to a vote, a special election would cost significantly more to hold, rather than waiting for the next general council election.