Workers will begin demolishing existing apartment buildings at 410 Arenoso Lane to build a new three-story, five-unit residential building, pending approval by the San Clemente City Council.
The planning commission this week approved the project. A neighbor protested the building, saying it would restrict views, but the commission approved it because it complied with all the area's zoning ordinances.
"They could have gone up to four stories, under the zoning," said Commissioner Nesa Anderson in a phone interveiw.
The units range from 2,270 square feet to 2,855 square feet. Two each will be on the first and second floors, and one on the third. Each will have a private balcony, according to planning documents.
The stories will be set back from the facade. The building will overlook Linda Lane Park.
The architecture will be Spanish colonial revival, with Spanish tile walkways and roofing, stone columns and white stucco, planning documents say.
The building was designed by local Architect Michael Luna.