The project establishes the Norwalk Entertainment District-Civic Center Specific Plan and includes the construction and operation of a mixed-use development with residential, commercial, and open space uses on the location of the current City Hall Lawn and surface parking lot. Up to 350 residential units and associated amenities would be developed. Up to 110,000 square feet of commercial uses would be developed and would include a mix of retail, food and beverage, health and wellness, and/or grocery/market uses.
The proposed project would include ground-floor open space that would be publicly accessible but privately maintained and operated, and residential open space areas for residents. Parking for the proposed project would be accommodated in the new mixed-use buildings and within the existing parking structure. The proposed project would also allow for the construction of up to two additional stories on the existing parking structure (700 additional parking spaces). No modifications are proposed to the existing Norwalk City Hall building or the small portion of the County accessory building (located south of City Hall) that are within the project site. Construction of the proposed project, in accordance with the proposed specific plan, is anticipated to begin in 2023 and last up to 23 months.
On October 4, 2022, the City Council approved the proposed project and took the following actions:
- Adoption of resolution for a General Plan Amendment to amend the General Plan to add a Mixed-Use land use designation and change the land use designation of the project site from Institutional to Mixed-Use and for a Zone Map amendment to change the zoning of the project site from Institutional to SPA-16 (Specific Plan Area 16)
- Adoption of resolution for a Conditional Use Permit to permit the sales and consumption of alcohol for commercial businesses within the proposed project
- Adoption of resolution for a Ground lease by and between City of Norwalk and Primestor Development, Inc. for the Norwalk Entertainment District – Civic Center Project
- Certifying of the Environmental Impact Report, approving the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, and adopting of the Statement of Overriding Considerations