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By Mike Hazlip—
The Citrus Heights Planning Commission last week approved plans for a 200-seat event center in the Citrus Plaza shopping center near Greenback Lane and San Juan Avenue.
The commission voted 6-0 in favor of approval during a May 11 meeting last week. Chair Marcelle Flowers absent, according to the city.
Plans show the currently vacant 10,840-square-foot space at 6240 San Juan Ave. will have room for about 19 tables with 10 chairs each. The applicant is listed as Stonewater Holdings, LLC, with public records listing a mailing address for the business in Roseville.
Proposed uses for the space include church gatherings, weddings and receptions, and similar events, according to the document. Kitchen facilities are not included in the plans, and no structural modifications are required, according to the document.
A spokeswoman for the property owner, Stefaniya Trach, confirmed plans to use the space as an event center. Trach owns Citrus Plaza Catering, also located in Citrus Plaza, but said the new event center is under a separate owner.
The applicant’s proposed uses for the site are not during normal business hours, minimizing impact to surrounding businesses, according to the plans. There are no plans to modify or expand the existing parking lot.
Records show the commission found the project to be exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because it uses an existing facility.
The shopping plaza recently received a face-lift, after exterior work at the center was conducted last year to repair dry rot and improve the look of the building.
Records from the Sacramento County Assessor’s office indicate structures on the 2-acre parcel were originally built in 1985 and transferred ownership in March 2021, after originally being listed for sale at $2.5 million. The property has a total leasable area of more than 26,000 square feet.
The plaza currently has a mix of tenants including a market, bookstore, dentist, and salon. The plaza’s main anchor tenant was once Jo-Ann’s fabric store, but it reportedly closed in 2008. Vacant portions of the building have been a frequent location for homeless individuals to sleep in front of, as the building has an overhang covering a front walkway.
San Juan Unified School District had most recently leased the former Jo-Ann’s site in 2019 for temporary use as a storage facility.
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