The public has a say in public assets –

The city has the deadline to sell the public lands of the Fox block and the transport hub to private developers. Culmination of years of planning coming to an end: MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – 4 AND 5:30 P.M.

The private acquisition of Angelo’s and Vinci’s is a private matter, but the public has a say in public assets:

  • the triangular plot,
  • public roads,
  • aspects of the parking structure,
  • current surface car parks,
  • pedestrian traffic,
  • architecture,
  • Firestone corner, and
  • perhaps the Fox Theater itself.

The parking structure parcels that will be heard on November 15, items 3 and 8, were not on the October 26 planning agenda. Several people have commented on this because Fox Block’s exclusive negotiation deal was originally granted to see what creative ideas could be built with the public parking structure the city was contractually obligated to build for a future Fox Theater .

Although the parking lots were not considered at the October 26 Planning Commission meeting, at the next November 9 planning meeting, the three commissioners present concluded that the layout of the properties of the parking is in accordance with the general plan. We then speak of a procedural nature.

The environmental document for the massive FOX BLOCK project is new to Fullerton – an urban infill exemption, but the parking structure is not subject to this exemption, as the agenda item report states that the structure can be built “as of right”.

At the October 26 Planning Commission meeting, there appeared to be no formal pedestrian easement in the street being sold to the developer for an outdoor food court, only the intention of pedestrian access. The Commission also granted a major site plan for the exterior modernization of the Angelo and the Vinci; conditional use permits for new bars at former Angelo’s and Vinci’s; and a microbrewery in the triangle plot. The additional dozen new food vendors will need to obtain separate license approvals for the sale of alcohol.

7 separate items regarding the Fox Block and Fullerton Transportation Center will be heard at the Tuesday, November 15, city council meeting. The city seems to be speeding up the elements to beat December 31st2022 deadline resulting from the 2012 statewide disbandment of former redevelopment agencies.

Fox block – 5 items: 5 items are to be heard concerning the Fox Block. It is currently unclear whether point 12 includes the theater itself.

  1. Closed session item 1: Pricing and terms for the triangular lot at Harbor and Ellis, Ellis lot and surface parking at the northwest corner of Pomona and Chapman
  2. Closed Session Item 3: Public Parking Structure Land Pricing and Conditions
  3. Consent Schedule Item 8: Public Parking Lot Purchase and Sale Agreement
  4. Consent Schedule Item 9: Abandon a Portion of Public Street: Ellis Place
  5. Regular Working Item 12: Fox Block Project “Alienation and Development Agreement”

Meeting to be held Tuesday, November 15 – 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

City Council meeting at City Hall, located at 303 W. Commonwealth, Fullerton. Contact the Council at (714) 738-6311 or [email protected]

The author of this article can be contacted at [email protected]

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