The Cypress City Council, during their regular meeting on May 13, 2019, voted 3-2 in favor of subdividing the property at the corner of Katella Ave. and Enterprise Dr.
The site in question separates the Ovation senior living development from the Katella thoroughfare. When the senior living development (then known as Barton Place) was originally proposed, the developer expected to turn that frontage property into commercial retail, with such amenities as sit-down dining and an upscale grocer such as Trader Joe’s.
While the senior housing project has since completed, the frontage property remains unfinished. In November 2018, the Council approved – with some reservations – the construction of an assisted living/memory care facility at the location. This facility would be located on the east side of the property, with two planned commercial/retail pads on the west.
At the May 13 meeting, the developer requested a subdivision of the property, thereby separating the already-approved care facility from the commercial area, which still lacks tenants. The developer’s representative indicated that the purpose of the division is to improve the company’s ability to acquiring financial backing for the projects.
The representative stated that while the commercial retail structures will not be built without tenants already secured, the parking lot will be built, and landscaping will be put in place.
Councilmember Mariellen Yarc has repeatedly expressed her disappointment and frustration with the ongoing difficulty in securing commercial tenants at the location in the highly-trafficked Katella corridor, and again shared such sentiments during Council comments at the May 13 meeting.
Mayor Stacy Berry joined with Councilmember Yarc in apposing the subdivision of the property, similarly to how both opposed approval of the assisted living facility at the location in November.
To watch video and read Staff reports from the May 13 City Council meeting, visit the City of Cypress website. The next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 due to the Memorial Day holiday.