The Santa Fe Springs Planning Commission has given the go-ahead to developer Melia Homes to raze a shuttered Mormon Church to clear the way for new condominiums.

Rendering of proposed condos at 11733 Florence AvenueMelia Homes

The proposed project, which would rise from a roughly three-acre site located at 11733 Florence Avenue, calls for the construction of 54 attached townhomes. The for-sale units would come in a mix of two-, three-, and four-bedroom layouts, each including a two-car garage.

Renderings depict a gated community composed of contemporary three-story buildings.

The Whittier Daily News reports that the approved plan has been pared back for the original vision for the site, which called for the construction of 63 townhomes. However, even the reduced scope of the project came against the objections of neighboring homeowners, who circulated a petition demanding that the site be redeveloped with single-family dwellings.

11733 Florence AvenueCity of Santa Fe Springs

Construction of the Florence Avenue developed will occur over an approximately 14-month period, according to an environmental report adopted by the City of Santa Fe Springs.

Melia Homes, based in Irvine, is also behind similar projects in developed in Gardena and Anaheim.