A controversial senior citizen housing project and the city's $31-million plan to expand the sewage treatment plant will be the subjects of public hearings at Wednesday night's City Council meeting.
A four-story, 91-unit housing project on Avenida Victoria has the backing of city staff and senior citizen groups, but it failed to win approval from the council at a meeting two weeks ago. At that meeting several city residents spoke out against the project, charging that the building violates zoning ordinances and that it will worsen parking and traffic problems downtown.
But assistant city planner Dan Bott said that amendments to the city's zoning laws passed in 1984 allow senior citizen housing to be built in commercial districts. San Clemente Village, as the project by a Santa Monica-based firm is called, is in accordance with the zoning requirements for that type of housing, he said.
Marilyn Ditty, executive director of San Clemente Seniors Inc., a nonprofit United Way agency, said the need for additional affordable housing is critical and that "the Meadowland project could begin to meet the needs of the elderly for safe and secure housing" downtown where important services are within walking distance.