Rendering: Rose Equities

Los Angeles-based developer Rose Equities is one step closer to constructing a 15-acre mixed-use development in northwest Costa Mesa. One Metro West was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on Monday, May 11th, and will now go to City Council for additional public hearings. 

Due to its large scale, a public vote on the project will be required under Measure Y, a growth-control ordinance that was passed in 2016.

Rendering: Rose Equities

If greenlighted, One Metro West would feature 1,057 apartments, 25,000 square feet of creative office space, and 6,000 square feet of retail “designed to primarily serve the residents,” such as a small grocer, dry cleaner and other services, according to a project website. Onsite amenities could include a fitness center, bowling alley, rooftop terrace and community room. 

Ten percent of the residential units would be reserved for low-income tenants. Plans also call for a 1.5-acre public park, community spaces, and pedestrian and bike connectivity from Sunflower Avenue to the nearby Santa Ana River Trail.

Rendering: Rose Equities

The site at 1683 Sunflower Avenue is currently occupied by decades-old light industrial buildings. SoCo Collection, an upscale shopping center touting 70 restaurants, furniture showrooms and stores, is only steps away from the proposed development. Future residents would also enjoy easy access to the 405, grocery stores, big-box retailers and the sprawling Fairview Park.

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission voted 6-1 in favor of recommending that City Council approve the development, although voters will have the final say on the matter.

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