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On the agenda: City Council to hold first hearing, vote on 70-unit Midwick Tract development

City Council will host a public hearing Monday to consider an ordinance that would allow for a 70-unit residential development in the Midwick Tract at 2400 South Fremont Avenue. The Planning Commission passed the proposal on Jan. 20 with a 7-to-2 vote. The City Council now has the final vote for approval.

The current zoning at 2400 South Fremont allows for a mixture of single and multiple-residential zones. The ordinance would change the zoning by adopting a Specific Plan for the 8.8 acres of land, allowing for the 70-unit residential development to be built. Per ordinance procedures, there will be two City Council hearings on the proposal. The ordinance will be enacted once it has been approved at both hearings. 

Dozens of residents have voiced their opposition against the development, citing issues of overcrowding, lack of parking, and disturbing the historical significance of the Midwick Tract. Planning Commissioner Mary Louise Bunker responded to resident's concerns saying that the retirement home that previously occupied 2400 South Fremont also brought high volumes of people and traffic. Bunker asserted to the audience that “some of your greatest concerns may not materialize" during a Jan. 20 Planning Commission meeting. Commission member Jeff Maloney added that, in relation to the current zoning at 2400 South Fremont, the Specific Plan may result in less units than what is presently allowed.

Grassroots Alhambra, a non-profit civic engagement organization, said in a mass-email sent out to subscribers that residents hadn't received notice about Monday's hearing in a timely manner. Per Alhambra municipal code, the City is required to send out notices about the hearing 10 days in advance. Grassroots Alhambra said that while the notices were postmarked Jan. 30—meaning the City had sent them out in time—residents hadn't received them until Thursday and Friday. "The bottom line is that many residents will not have received sufficient notice, and the hearing should be postponed as a result," wrote Grassroots Alhambra.

City Council will have another public hearing to consider increasing funding to the Home Buyer Program by $75,000 and to the HOME Housing Rehabilitation Program by $138,650. This will provide down payment assistance to first time home buyers and “provide assistance to qualified homeowners,” states Monday’s agenda. 

City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at City Hall. Read the complete agenda below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom.

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