Garden Grove Planning Commission votes to breathe life into long-abandoned ‘Rusty Skeleton’ – Orange County Register

2022-06-16 08:50:00 By : Mr. Jerry cao

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GARDEN GROVE — The so-called “Rusty Skeleton,” a long unfinished building visible from the 22 Freeway, is soon to put some meat on its bones.

The Garden Grove Planning Commission voted this week to recommend a project that would transform the unsightly steel frame into a mixed-use development.

“We can finally move forward on the infamous Rusty Skeleton after talking about it for a decade,” City Manager Scott Stiles said.

Next step is City Council approval, which should happen within a few weeks, Stiles said.

On March 15, the Garden Grove Planning Commission approved a project that woul transform a long-abandoned steel frame off the 22 Freeway, nicknamed the Rusty Skeleton, into a mixed use development. (Rendering courtesy of AMG & Associates)

After more than a decade, the partly-built building at Brookhurst Street and Garden Grove Boulevard, known as the Rusty Skeleton, could become a senior living complex. (Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER)

Developer AMG & Associates aims to rejuvenate the 90-foot structure as a senior-living complex with retail on the first floor.

“This is a major accomplishment,” AMG founder Alexis Gevorgian said. “We pulled a rabbit out of a hat on this one – a project that has been stalled for years.”

The Rusty Skeleton has haunted Garden Grove since 2005, when the shell first went up – originally for luxury condos. The aborted low-rise has not been touched since 2009.

Now going in a completely different direction, the complex would offer 395 apartment units at below-market rents, Gevorgian said.

AMG does not yet have businesses lined up for the 13,000 square feet of commercial space proposed below the apartments, but looks to bring in restaurants and boutiques, Gevorgian said.

Located near the intersection of Garden Grove Boulevard and Brookhurst Street, the property is owned by the Hoag Foundation – a nonprofit supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove. AMG signed a 99-year lease, Gevorgian said.

Over the years, several developers have proposed various plans that faltered because of differing visions with the landlord.

Gevorgian said the existing metal framework “is worth about $25 million in improvements.” Finishing the building would cost another $130 million, he said.

Construction, requiring about 18 months, would begin early next year, Stiles said.

“There will be an immediate waiting list for the apartments,” Stiles predicted. “We have a great demand for housing.”

Good riddance to the Rusty Skeleton, he added: “That thing has been a psychological barrier to the city.”

By the way, its new name would be: Garden Brook Senior Village.

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