STOP 440 – What’s Next?

Next community meeting: Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30 PM

Granada Hills Women’s Club
10666 White Oak Avenue
Granada Hills, CA 91344

The proposal for a mixed-use development at San Fernando Mission and Woodly has sparked a strong neighborhood reaction.

On Friday January 13, Councilmember Englander met with the developer and some neighborhood representatives (the two neighborhood councils and the Chamber). This effort to decrease the size of the proposed development and to bring the two sides closer together, succeeded only partially.

The developer offered to decrease by a net of 50 apartments, and also changing the mix so that the decrease came from the number of studio apartments. The driveway near the school would also be moved and be separated by a landscape berm, affording greater visibility to cars entering and leaving. The moving of the driveway would also result in the loss of about 2,000 sq ft of commercial space.

The neighborhood representatives did not find this to be sufficient change, so another meeting is to be set. The expectation is that the developer will consider what he heard and come up with perhaps another proposal.

There is a request to move the February 7th hearing date to early April, but the developer must agree. We hope to find out this week what the final date will be.

The topics to be considered at the hearing have broadened to a discussion of the whole project, not just the possible merging of the underlying parcels.

Since this will be the ONLY public hearing (except perhaps for appeals), and since there is an expectation that each speaker will have a very limited time (1 to 2 minutes depending on the number of speakers), it is essential to coordinate efforts so that all topics are covered. That is the main purpose of the meeting January 24th – to coordinate who will speak on what topic.

For participation at some of the neighbor outreach efforts, and to participate in these programs, please contact Esther Chung at stop440inGH@gmail.com.

For more information, see related articles on this website:

Granada Hills Residents Protest Proposed 440 Mixed-Use Apartments Amid Safety Safety Concerns

Granada Hills residents protested a proposed residential development Friday over concerns that it is out of place and too big for the infrastructure of the neighborhood.

“It’s going to cause all kinds of traffic problems and issues with Granada Hills, or with JFK High School,” David Beuvais said.

The development would be on the corner of Woodley Avenue and San Fernando Mission Boulevard. Beauvais, who is with the South Neighborhood Council, said the main concern is the safety of the students who walk to high school adjacent from the site.

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“We’ve had a number of accidents involving students here, including a death a few years ago,” he said.

The mixed-use apartment complex would consist of three- and four-story high buildings with 440 apartments, including commercial retail space and parking for more than 900 vehicles.

Councilman Mitchell Englander held a meeting with developers and some community leaders in his office Friday. But outside a large group of protesters voiced their concerns.

Before the meeting, Englander had stepped outside to assure residents that he is on their side and would try to reach a middle ground with the developers, even though he said his hands are tied.

“I actually don’t have a vote on this project. It will never come before me,” he said. “In fact, for the most project part this project is by right, which means they’re allowed to build what they’re designing, what the community wanted originally because it was designed by the community, called the community plan.”

Eyewitness News reached out to the developers, who said the project is 100 percent compliant with the community plan for the neighborhood. The developers also said they recognized the need to work closely with the neighborhood and city.

They provided the following statement:

“We are spending the time necessary to work with both the community and the City Councilmember to hopefully reach consensus on a project, which will be embraced as a true asset to the neighborhood,” it said.

If the city approved the plans, construction could begin sometime this year.

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We will picket/protest 440 apartments on Jan 13, 2:00, Councilmember Englander’s office

Spread the word! Media will be there! Take a half day off work and join us. Against unbearable traffic, crime, urbanization of Granada Hills. Safety for our kids. Parents, neighbors, bring anyone, everyone. Fight this with political pressure. We have only two chances to make a difference. Next Friday and the final hearing (TBA). This is not the time to be complacent.