Rendering of apartment complex next to Heritage Square/Arroyo Gold Line Station/Palm Communities
An empty lot next to the Heritage Square/Arroyo Gold Line Station in Cypress Park would be turned into a 48 apartments for veterans and their families under a project proposed by an affordable housing developer. Palm Communities has been been meeting with small groups of residents as it prepares to seek approvals to build the complex on a triangular parcel at Marmion Way and French Street that it has agreed to purchase. A rendering shows a building rising three and four stories between the Gold Line tracks on the east and a row of mostly one and two story homes on Marmion Way on the west.
The Eastsider has contacted Palm Communities for details on the project and what if any special city approvals it will require. But information in a recent Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council newsletter said the project, which would have leasing preferences for veterans, is planned to open in May 2015. The council’s Sycamore Grove neighborhood issues committee is scheduled to take up the project at its April 18 meeting.
Adam-Bray Ali, who attended one of the meetings with Palm Communities, said the height and scale of the project concerns him.
“The overall size of the building dwarfs the rest of the neighborhood in terms of height,” said Ali in an email. “It is a large building and the overall strategy is to put a number of people that can be helped by affordable housing but it will change the neighborhood feel away from families and put density in with an overall feel that is not in the same scale as nearby properties.”