FivePoint Chairman and CEO Emile Haddad said in a statement “the Irvine Council’s decision is a win-win-win for the city-at-large, or communities and, most importantly, the veterans who deserve a special place to honor their own, a cemetery that is worthy of the service they have given this country.”
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Veterans cemetery will be located near El Toro Y. The Irvine City Council, in a 3-2 vote, approves a resolution re-designating the “strawberry fields” as the site of the future veterans cemetery.
Former Irvine Senator Dick Ackerman calls Irvine residents and encourages the city council to locate a FREE Veteran’s Cemetery near the Great Park instead of taxpayers paying $80 million for an inferior site. Larry Agran supports the expensive site, after already spending $250 million on the Great Park with just a balloon to show for […]
In a region known for its cultural mix, Irvine stands apart. It is more Asian than white, affluent and booming — its population now surpassing 250,000 as it continues to be an economic powerhouse of Orange County. The master-planned city has become synonymous with a certain kind of lifestyle, a magnet for high-achieving families of all races and backgrounds looking for the best public schools for their children and safe, immaculate neighborhoods for themselves.
An amphitheater, a lake, trails and a botanical garden are among the most popular features residents would like to see built at the developing Orange County Great Park, according to the latest surveys. The City Council, acting as the Great Park board, on Tuesday, May 23, will discuss results from Irvine’s efforts in the past several months to get resident input on the future of the 1,300-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro site. When fully developed, the city’s park could match the size of Balboa Park in San Diego.
Governor Jerry Brown indicated it could be strawberry fields forever for Orange County veterans at a Friday press conference in Irvine, where he expressed fondness for a cemetery site near the 5 and 405 freeway interchange. The freeway land, which is sandwiched between car dealerships located off the Northbound I-5 on large fields currently growing strawberries, could be the new home to the veterans’ cemetery if the Irvine City Council accepts a land swap proposal from developer Fivepoint.
Just six months after the demolition of the beloved Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in November, concert promoter Live Nation, in partnership with developer FivePoint Communities, have announced that a temporary amphitheatre will officially open on Saturday, Aug. 26. Irvine-based rock band Young the Giant and Cold War Kids, who also have O.C. roots, along with New York indie band Joywave will be the first to grace the freshly constructed stage, officially dubbed FivePoint Amphitheatre.
On Thursday, the FivePoint Communities sent a formal proposal for the potential land exchange to the city manager and the five council members. In it, Emile Haddad, chairman and CEO of FivePoint, lays out a vision that he believes will present the city with cost savings and expedite the construction of the cemetery.
Orange County’s plan to develop 108 acres just south of the Great Park into a massive commercial and residential complex has drawn concerns from officials with several local cities and transportation agencies, who believe the project could clog roads and spawn gridlock not only in Irvine but in communities and freeways bordering the project. The cities of Tustin, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest and Irvine – as well as the Orange County Transportation Authority and CalTrans – lodged traffic-related complaints or comments in their official responses to the county’s plan to construct 1.9 million square feet of office space, 2,103 housing units, 220,000 square feet of commercial space and a 242-room hotel on its Great Park-adjacent land. Those official comments were submitted late last year and reviewed recently by the Register.
By Randy Lewis Music fans in Orange County won’t have to miss a beat when it comes to live music in the great outdoors. The Irvine City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a plan to build a temporary 12,000-seat amphitheater to pick up where Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre left off in the fall upon […]