2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 17:38:27 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: El Toro (CA) -- "How long will Great Park take to build?"
How long will Great Park take to build?

Orange County Register (CA)
October 6, 2011

IRVINE – Anyone unhappy with how far the Orange County Great Park has come in six years might want to brace for something that's not made clear very often – no matter who's in charge, it could be decades before the project is finished.

That's because regardless of how much money the park has, and regardless of how efficiently that money is spent, there are practical constraints on the pace of design, approvals and construction – a reality every public-works endeavor faces.

"The truth is, great metropolitan parks are decades-long projects," said Beth Krom, chairwoman of the Great Park board.

Complicating matters are the obstacles inherent in converting the scarred landscape of the old El Toro Marine Corps station into the sort of pristine recreational wonderland envisioned by Irvine's leaders.

"You have to understand how a military base is built – it's not master-planned," said Cliff Wallace, Great Park Corp. deputy chief executive, who predicts a timeline of roughly 20 years.


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Lenny Siegel
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