By Jordan Graham
Orange County is set to finalize its plan to develop 108 acres just south of the Great Park into a massive commercial and residential complex – a move that could initiate a legal showdown with Irvine, where officials claim it could prevent the development of a public amphitheater, museum and other facilities.
The county has refuted the city’s assertion and is moving ahead with the project.
On Friday, the county released its final Environmental Impact Report detailing its plan to build 1,998 housing units, 1 million square feet of office space, 200,000 square feet of commercial space and a 242-room hotel on land it kept when it annexed the Great Park to Irvine in 2003. Once completed, the project could earn the county upwards of $4 billion over 75 years, giving it a new revenue stream for countywide infrastructure improvements and to help the homeless.
Photo Credit: Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG