Home additions pass first test
Irvine's Planning Commission approves three residential projects for a mixed-use development, hoping the City Council will follow suit.
By SONYA SMITH
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
IRVINE – The industrial area near John Wayne Airport is becoming more residential as the city continues approving condo and apartment projects.
Neighboring businesses and the cities of Newport Beach and Tustin want Irvine to hold off on these approvals until an area environmental impact review is completed.
Irvine's Planning Commission recently recommended council approval of three residential developments and a developer agreement with a manufacturer.
The 2,670-acre area called the Irvine Business Complex includes industrial, office and retail businesses, and is getting more residential thrown into the mix.
If the City Council approves the commission's recent decisions, the area will have 4,169 residences added to the 3,628 existing residences. In addition, 6,388 residences are awaiting city approval.
David Hunt, an attorney for Botox-maker Allergan Inc., has spoken against building more residential projects. He said that a master environmental review of the area is needed before individual projects are considered.
The city says a 1992 environmental review with subsequent reviews of each project area is sufficient. Still, a master environmental review is under way and expected by early 2008.
Here are the recent commission decisions:
Central Park West: The ninth section of this 43-acre development was recommended.
The Lennar Corp. project includes about 1,400 residences, 90,000 square feet of office space and 19,700 square feet of retail space. It is under construction at the northwest corner of Jamboree Road and Michelson Drive.
Approval of the ninth parcel has been continued for several months because commissioners disliked the designs. Lennar in response added a 3,000-square-foot market offering fresh and packaged foods, added a lobby in the main Jamboree building to offer more public access, and reduced the Jamboree building's height from five to four stories.
Martin Street Condos: The commission recommended the 82 apartments. The project will be at the northwest corner of Von Karman Avenue and Martin Street.
2851 Alton: The commission recommended plans for the 171-condo project.
Royalty Carpet: The commission recommended a developer agreement between the city and Royalty Carpet Mills Inc. The deal would protect the business's ability to operate as an industrial entity, a concern shared by other businesses in the Irvine Business Complex because of increasing residential development. The agreement will be valid for 20 years, and if Royalty Carpet wants, it can be extended 10 years.
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