|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 3 Jul 2009 11:09:02 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] REUSE: "Transforming El Toro (CA) into Great Park a slow process"|
[The "housing downturn" has thrown a wrench into the works at a number
of closed military bases. - LS]
Transforming El Toro into Great Park a slow process By SEAN EMERY THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER (CA) July 2, 2009IRVINE - The transformation from a stark military base to a lush Great Park is still a work in progress a decade after the shuttering of El Toro, but the recent completion of park designs has local leaders promising to soon move from the drawing table to the bulldozer.
Orange County voters in 2002 ended a contentious decade-long fight for the future of the El Toro base, scrapping plans for a commercial airport in favor of the ambitious Great Park.
Lennar Corp. purchased the bulk of the El Toro land in 2005, giving Irvine the 1,347-acre Great Park property, along with $200 million in developer fees, in return for the rights to build residential, commercial and retail space around the property.
As the ensuing housing downturn delayed Lennar's plans, Great Park leaders focused their attention on the project's design, hiring Ken Smith to prepare a comprehensive vision for the park.
... For the entire article, see http://www.ocregister.com/articles/park-great-leaders-2481972-million-toro -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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