Recently, the Northridge West Neighborhood Council (NWNC) was asked to weigh in on several issues that may affect quality of life in our community. They include a proposed assisted living facility, the opening of a new restaurant, and a sober living halfway house.
Assisted-Living Facility / Chik-Fil-A
The NWNC Planning and Land Use Committee held a formal meeting on November 9 to discuss two pending applications. In attendance were: Vice President of Administration John Mah, who serves as Chair of NWNC’s Planning and Land Use Committee, NWNC Treasurer Glen Wilson, and Hrug DerManuelian, as well as stakeholders Brian Reff and Jon Manual. The discussion centered on:
- An application for a zoning variance from SP Heights/Senior Partners Portfolio, which proposes a two-building complex totaling 112,000 square feet located at 19600 West Prairie St., currently an unoccupied lot. The first building will house 40 memory care units and 48 assisted living units. The second building will include 24 skilled nursing units. The committee was satisfied with the proposed project and voted unanimously to recommend it to the Executive Committee.
- An application for a zoning variance and conditional use permit from Chick-Fil-A, which proposes to take over the existing Coco’s Restaurant at 18505 Devonshire Street, change the opening hour of operation from 5:00 a. m. to 12:00 a.m. (current hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. to 10: 00 p.m.), and operate a drive through service. Three of the committee members had no objection to the proposal providing the applicant allowed for a designated pedestrian walkway on the west side of the restaurant to permit patrons to safely walk from the rows of marked parking spaces to the main entrance. Two asked that the plan be modified to eliminate the drive through.
Tampa Medians Status
The NWNC Board unanimously approved an expenditure of $9,800 to hire American Heritage Landscape to install a drip system on the four medians along Tampa Avenue, running from south of the 118 Freeway to the median just north of the intersection of Tunney/Germain Avenue and Tampa Avenue. The installation will not begin until the Urban Forestry Division of the Bureau of Public Works approves the proposed plan and gives an opinion that the drip system will help save the trees on the medians. The Division has 75 days to approve the proposal as to both function and purpose.
December’s Meeting and Other News
NWNC has several items on the agenda for December. Stakeholders will hear from SoCal Gas Co., which has recently filed with the state to approve their application to starting pumping gas to the wells at Aliso Canyon.
Representatives from Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council will speak regarding their request asking the NWNC board to support a letter to Governor Jerry Brown and other officials requesting the closure of that facility.
The NWNC Public Safety Committee will hold a meeting to address the possible opening of a sober living halfway house near Beckford Elementary School that will be run by a parolee convicted of murder. The house may house up to 20 convicted paroled felons.
Join NWNC, Tuesday, December 13 at Calahan Elementary School, 18722 Knapp St. Meet & Greet starts at 6:00 p.m. and meeting 6:30 p.m.