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Developer offers mixed-use project in Newhall

Neighbors express concerns over parking, traffic issues

Posted: April 17, 2009 10:26 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

An artist's rendering shows a proposed four-story, mixed-use building in Newhall, next to the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Arcadia Street.

A developer is hoping to transform an empty lot into the sort of project Santa Clarita officials say they want as part of Newhall’s revitalization.

The Planning Commission will be asked Tuesday to approve the permits for a mixed-use building on a half-acre lot next to the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Arcadia Street.

The four-story building would include 2,504 square-feet of retail space and 13 parking spaces on the first floor; 4,991 square feet of office space and 13 parking spaces on the second floor; 4,884 square feet of residential space and nine parking spaces on the third floor; and 761 square feet of private balcony and public patio space on the fourth floor, according to an agenda report for Tuesday’s meeting.

The residential space would be divided into two single-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units.

The sloping lot currently is empty, sandwiched between an office building and a strip mall, and crowned by an oak tree.

According to the report, the design would incorporate the topography, to the extent that the top two levels would be the only ones visible from Arcadia Street, which is about 20-feet higher than the bottom of the site. The building would stand 47-feet tall.

The oak tree reportedly would not be removed as part of the development.

Mixed-use development is a major component of the city’s plans for revitalizing Newhall, particularly the downtown area along Main Street.

Attached to the agenda report are copies of 11 letters of opposition from Arcadia Street residents, voicing concerns about traffic and parking issues the building would create. The letters also question how the apartments would affect property values on Arcadia Street, a tree-lined avenue dotted with old, ranch-style homes.

The Planning Commission is set to meet at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.



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