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January 24, 2006 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
For the last several weeks, a single question framed the increasingly contentious debate about plans for the Orange County Great Park: Is Ken Smith capable of executing a project of this expense, complexity and sheer size? Now that Smith and his team have been tapped to oversee the design of the 1,300-acre park, it should become clear that the issue has been something of a red herring all along.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2006 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
When we last checked in on the Orange County Great Park, plans for the 1,300-acre project on the site of the former El Toro air base were moving ahead with promise, speed and a surprising lack of rancor. After a pair of juries trimmed 24 entries in an international design competition to three firms, momentum quickly gathered behind a single finalist, New York landscape architect Ken Smith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Grand Jury has launched an inquiry into the $649.5-million acquisition of the closed El Toro Marine base by one of the nation's largest home builders and the role of Irvine officials in planning for a huge public park there. The scope of the probe remains unclear, but Irvine officials have come under attack in recent months over the way contracts have been handled for the Orange County Great Park, the centerpiece of a 3,400-home community being developed by Lennar Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Like someone enamored of three beguiling suitors, the Irvine park board couldn't make up its mind Thursday when it came to picking a master designer for the Orange County Great Park. "They're all so beautiful, and we want to keep a relationship with all of them," said a frustrated Steven Choi, an Irvine councilman and board member of the Orange County Great Park Corp. But alas, he said, "we can't marry all three."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Four of the five Irvine City Council members leave today for an all-expense-paid, nine-day trip to Barcelona, Paris and New York City as part of their role in planning a 1,000-acre park at the former El Toro Marine base. The cost of the trip is still being calculated, but the itinerary includes two nights at the five-star Grand Marina Hotel in Barcelona. Traveling are seven members of the Orange County Great Park Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The public corporation planning to build a 1,000-acre park in the center of the former El Toro Marine base has whittled seven possible designers down to three. The semifinalists to design the Orange County Great Park are Mirrales Tagliabue EMBT of Barcelona, Spain, whose plan features hilly terrain and a central lake; Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey of Mill Valley, Calif.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Board of Supervisors, which once was split on whether the former El Toro Marine base should be developed as a commercial airport, now wants a hand in governing redevelopment of the base as the Great Park. The board on Tuesday asked that its chairman, Bill Campbell, be appointed to the board of the Orange County Great Park Corp., a quasi-governmental agency overseen by a panel that consists of the five Irvine City Council members and four public members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2005 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
The closed El Toro Marine base officially became private property Tuesday as Lennar Corp., which won the 3,700-acre former military airfield in an auction in February, closed escrow with the Navy. The nation's third largest home builder also signed a development agreement with the city of Irvine, which annexed the base in 2003 and named its redevelopment plan the Orange County Great Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2004 | From Times staff reports
Walter D. Kreutzen, the former top manager of the county's toll roads, has been named an assistant city manager charged with overseeing the development of the Orange County Great Park at the closed El Toro Marine base, officials said Tuesday. Kreutzen, 54, was CEO of the Transportation Corridor Agencies, which operates a 51-mile network of tollways in Orange County, including the Foothill and San Joaquin Hills. He retired from that post last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
The Irvine Planning Commission on Thursday approved higher infrastructure fees for developers of the planned Orange County Great Park at the closed El Toro Marine base. Under the new development agreement, approved on a 4-0 vote, Great Park builders will be required to pay $220 million in fees rather than the $200 million Irvine proposed a year ago. The City Council must ratify the commission's recommendation July 13.
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