The existing Corona Del Mar Fire Station No. 5 and the Corona Del Mar Branch Library went into service separately approximately sixty years ago. Both of these buildings have exceeded their intended service life and need to be replaced.
The City contracted with WLC Architects (WLC) for design and construction document preparation for the new joint-use building. Since then, City staff has held multiple public meetings with the Community for their inputs as well as working with the Library Board of Trustees on the building designs. Upon design selection, WLC has completed the construction plans that are currently in building department plan check.
Staff expects the advertisement for construction bids on this much anticipated project to occur later this year. Construction at the Marigold Avenue site will start early next year and continue for about twelve months.
In addition, since the existing Fire Station must remain operational during construction, Fire Department staff and their equipment (fire engine, paramedic unit, tools, gears, supplies, etc.) will be relocated to temporary rented trailers at the City parking lot on the northwest corner of Marguerite Avenue and Fifth Avenue, while the new building is under construction. Fire and medical services will not be impacted by the construction.
The State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) inspects the City’s public bridges every two years. Upon classifying the bridge as functionally obsolete, the City in 2009 initiated the process to apply for Federal grant funding for the bridge replacement work.
Staff was successful in securing over $9 million of grant funding from the Federal Highway Administration to replace the 90 year old bridge. Upon federal funding, a project team was assembled to tackle the tasks of designing and phasing the construction work in a very constrained site. Numerous public outreach meetings were held with the Balboa Island Community for their suggestions for incorporation into the Project’s final design.
The City in February 2016 awarded the construction contract to John S. Meek Company, Inc. (Meek). Including the delays caused by weather and changed field conditions, Meek, per contract, has until mid-September 2017 to complete the work.
The Project Team is pleased that the new Bridge will be open to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic on July 25, 2017. The new bridge features widened traffic lanes, widened sidewalks, both ramps and stairs at each “bridge corner” for easy pedestrian access to and from the Grand Canal promenade, and energy efficient LED street lighting.
The temporary bridge that spans across Grand Canal along Balboa Avenue will be dismantled and removed in sections starting July 27th. The Balboa Avenue street ends on both Balboa Island and Little Balboa Island will be returned to their former state around August 7th.
Newport Banning Ranch is a 402.3-acre planned community proposed by Newport Banning Ranch, LLC; a partnership formed by Aera Energy, Cherokee Investment Partners, and Brooks Street. The project would contain a maximum of 1,375 dwelling units, 75,000 square feet of retail commercial, a 75- room “boutique” hotel, parks, and open space. The site is generally bound to the north by Talbert Nature Preserve/Regional Park (Costa Mesa); to the south by West Coast Highway and the Newport Shores Community; to the east by Newport Crest Community, West Newport Mesa, and Westside Costa Mesa; and to the west by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetlands restoration area and the Santa Ana River. Approximately 40 acres of the site are located within the incorporated boundary of the City of Newport Beach; the remainder of the site is within unincorporated Orange County, but within the City of Newport Beach’s adopted Sphere of Influence.
Coastal Commission Postpones Action on Newport Banning Ranch, Please click here.
With the new Civic Center open and operating, the City continues to plan for the re-use of the former City Hall complex located at the corner of Newport Boulevard and 32nd Street. The site provides an excellent opportunity for redevelopment in a manner that benefits the areas of Lido Village, Balboa Peninsula, and West Newport Beach. Work began on amendments to the General Plan, Coastal Land Use Plan, and Zoning Ordinance to accommodate future mixed use development. While work on the amendments was progressing, the City selected, through an open and competitive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and then a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, R.D. Olson as the development team to negotiate a long-term lease of the property to develop and operate an upscale hotel on the site.
The California Coastal Commission approves the Lido House Hotel….
For more information on the Lido House Project, Please click here.
On January 13, 2015, the City Council voted to move forward with an interim plan to bring back wood-burning fire rings that comply with the AQMD and California Coastal Commission. The plan includes moving the fire rings to provide the needed 100′ spacing between wood-burning rings.
Until Friday, March 6, the City is seeking community input on seven proposed plans for the fire rings. To take the survey and / or leave a comment, please visit www.connectnewportbeach.com.
Background on the Fire Ring Issue
Newport Beach has concrete fire rings on the beach in two areas: 27 fire rings are located on Corona del Mar State Beach, and 33 fire rings are located near the Balboa Pier. Some of the fire rings are located on State property (Corona del Mar), and all of the fire rings are located in the coastal zone. The fire rings are appreciated by many who visit, but also result in extensive and often daily wood smoke released in adjacent residential areas. In March 2012, the City Council voted 7-0 in favor of upholding the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission’s recommendation and directed City staff to take the necessary steps to remove the fire rings at both locations.
Removal of the fire rings requires a Coastal Development Permit to be issued by the California Coastal Commission (CCC). On March 1, 2013, the Governing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) directed its staff to consider including a prohibition on beach burning in its amendment to Rule 444 – Open Burning, which was to be considered for approval by the Board on May 3, 2013. The SCAQMD ultimately adopted the amendment on July 12, 2103 which included regulations affecting fire rings located within 700 feet of residents beginning March 1, 2014. The SCAQMDs action also included the issuance of a RFP to solicit proposals for the demonstration of low emission nonwood beach-type fire rings.
Both of these buildings have exceeded their intended service life and need to be replaced.
The Park Avenue Bridge Replacement project will replace the existing bridge from Big Balboa Island to Little Balboa Island over the Grand Canal.
With the new Civic Center open and operating, the City continues to plan for the re-use of the former City Hall complex located at the corner of Newport Boulevard and 32nd Street. The site provides an
Newport Banning Ranch is a 402.3-acre planned community proposed by Newport Banning Ranch, LLC; a partnership formed by Aera Energy, Cherokee Investment Partners, and Brooks Street.
Newport Beach has concrete fire rings on the beach in two areas: 27 fire rings are located on Corona del Mar State Beach, and 33 fire rings are located near the Balboa Pier.