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October 8, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Portland, Ore., has its light rail shuttling riders into downtown, and Las Vegas has its monorail. Will Irvine be next to shuttle people in high-tech style to shop and dine at the Spectrum or visit the Orange County Great Park? "We need a monorail or something like that," said Richard Ruszat, a lawyer from Irvine who rides Metrolink daily to and from work in Los Angeles.
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October 4, 2006 | Kelly-Anne Suarez, Times Staff Writer
With a chanted count of "three, two, one," a Caterpillar tractor punched through the tarmac at Tustin's former Marine base Tuesday, breaking ground on Legacy Park, an 820-acre development of schools, parks, homes, offices and shops that will increase the city's population 20%. Builders hope to have some of the 2,105 planned homes ready for occupancy in 2008. About 22% of the housing will be "affordable" under state guidelines. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2020.
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September 16, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
With the proposed design of the Orange County Great Park completed, residents will have several chances in upcoming months to seek changes to the 4,700-acre project. The Irvine City Council voted Tuesday to hold the public hearings required to change the city's general plan and adjust commercial and residential zoning for the park. Meetings have not yet been scheduled. The Great Park will be built on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Initial plans had called for 3,625 homes and 5.
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July 27, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
The developer of the property surrounding the Orange County Great Park wants to cut back on businesses and nearly triple the number of homes while adding 400 acres to the park site. Emile Haddad, chief investment officer for builder Lennar Corp., said that since the original park plan was developed, the need for housing had become greater in a county where the median home price is more than $600,000.
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June 23, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
No, you're not in Kansas anymore. And this balloon won't take you home from Oz. Instead, it will offer a 500-foot ascent and a sweeping view of Orange County from the ocean to the Santa Ana Mountains, possibly by December. The helium-filled behemoth -- which can carry 30 passengers -- will be the first attraction in the Orange County Great Park, a 1,300-acre area that was once the El Toro Marine base. The tethered balloon will "send a signal ...
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June 17, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
In a biting report aimed at efforts to build one of America's largest urban parks, the Orange County Grand Jury suggests the ambitious plan could founder if left in the hands of Irvine city leaders. The Orange County Great Park, which would take shape at the former El Toro Marine base, has gained national attention for its ambitious scope, and landscape artists from around the world recently competed for the right to design it.
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May 3, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Orange County supervisors Tuesday called on the Irvine City Council to rescind its recent takeover of the Orange County Great Park, saying the move was a betrayal of county voters who turned down a proposed airport at the site. A split Irvine council last week voted to make the Orange County Great Park Corp. an advisory body reporting to the council. The city created the corporation in 2003 to build and operate a 1,300-acre park at the former El Toro Marine base.
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April 27, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
A divided Irvine City Council voted late Tuesday to keep control of the development and operation of the Orange County Great Park rather than hand the authority to an independent panel. After nearly three hours of debate, the council voted 3 to 2 to relegate the Orange County Great Park Corp. -- created in 2003 to run the proposed urban refuge -- to an advisory role.
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April 25, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The city of Irvine is preparing to retreat from a pledge to transfer control of the Orange County Great Park to an independent countywide panel that has been overseeing its development for three years. The Irvine City Council, whose members have squabbled for years over the vision of the park and who should control it, tonight is expected to vote to relegate the Orange County Great Park Corp. to an advisory role.
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March 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The governing board charged with overseeing construction of an urban park at the closed El Toro Marine base approved the first payment for design work Thursday. Landscape architect Ken Smith will receive $372,000 from the Orange County Great Park Corp., including $50,000 for a design office in Irvine and $11,000 for travel costs from New York, where Smith is based, officials said. The park will be built with $401 million in development fees paid by Lennar Corp.
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