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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.
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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.
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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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July 1, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Irvine officials now estimate that the city will need an additional $40 million to build roads and utility lines for their planned Great Park because of delays in the sale of the land, site of the former El Toro Marine base. The extra cost will not jeopardize Irvine's efforts to turn the 4,700-acre former airfield into a mix of homes, recreational facilities, offices and parkland, officials said.
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November 11, 2003 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
A vote this week on Irvine's bid to annex the closed El Toro Marine base could clear the way for construction of parks, homes and businesses on a site that has been the focus of bitter debate for a decade.
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September 9, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The state Department of Transportation has sued Irvine over its plans to develop the former El Toro Marine base, saying it understated the traffic impact if the base is converted to various private and public uses.
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June 25, 2003 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
The Irvine City Council voted Tuesday to form a nonprofit corporation to develop and manage a large park it envisions at the closed El Toro Marine base. As prospects appeared to dim for Los Angeles city officials' latest efforts to revive an El Toro airport, Irvine moved ahead with plans to turn much of the 4,700-acre base into parkland.
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January 28, 2003 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Proceeds from an online bidding war between developers will pay for the Great Park at the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, according to Irvine city officials, who will unveil their plans for financing the project today. The plan would divide the 4,700-acre former base into four parts, with development and open space in each. The highest bidders would get upfront guarantees that they could build thousands of homes or industrial and commercial projects in certain areas.
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November 7, 2002 | Evan Halper and Ray F. Herndon, Times Staff Writers
Is the Great Park turning into the Great Lot? With the rejection of Proposition 51, Irvine won't get $120 million it had hoped to use to begin transforming the closed El Toro Marine base into a massive open space and recreation area. The ballot measure was resoundingly defeated in every Orange County city -- including Irvine -- as well as statewide, suggesting that even local voters don't want general fund money redirected to the Great Park.
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December 1, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A by-the-numbers look at the so-called Great Park initiative shows that it will not create any new taxes or tax increases, the county auditor said Friday. But maintaining such a park at the closed El Toro Marine base will cost the county $19 million over the next 18 years if it's approved by voters in March.
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