By Haley Sawyer
A portion of El Centro Street will be looking a lot different in the near future, as the City Council last week voted to approve plans for the Seven Patios residential and commercial project at its March 3 meeting.
“The incremental process has made for a great project,” said Councilman Jon Primuth, who made the motion to approve the project. “I’m really happy the city has reserved certain issues to stay involved both on traffic and on soil. I think that’s really important.”
The Seven Patios project will turn 1.61 acres of land with an existing office building and parking lot into 60 residential units and 6,100 square feet of commercial space for restaurants and retail.
Three townhomes will face Orange Grove Avenue, while space for outdoor dining will face El Centro. The project was designed so that the buildings transition seamlessly into Orange Grove’s single-family neighborhood.