CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2000 |
A meeting to consider approval of a 1,746-home development at the eastern edge of Orange stretched late into the evening Thursday as planning commissioners and residents quizzed Irvine Co. officials about the controversial project. About 100 people packed the meeting room as Irvine Co. representatives asked planning commissioners to approve the developer's environmental plan as well as proposed zoning amendments. If approved, the plan would go to the City Council for final review.
July 27, 2000 |
All the 13,000 residential units and the 6 million square feet of commercial space planned for the 1,087-acre Playa Vista project on the Westside will be wired for high-speed Internet access, according to a deal between Cisco Systems Inc. and the project's developer. The systems will add about $1,000 to the cost of a home, apartment or townhouse in the development, said David Herbst, vice president of Playa Capital, the project's development firm.
May 14, 2000 |
The City of Sprawl is booming again. Vast housing developments are filling the last tracts of open land at the city's edges. Apartment complexes are filling in the city's remaining empty lots. Clusters of coastal mansions are being constructed to satisfy the needs of the new twentysomething Information Age magnates. But architects aren't smiling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2000
In a case closely watched by environmentalists and builders, a divided California Coastal Commission agreed Tuesday to let a developer pave a small, debris-filled wetland to build townhomes and duplexes in Huntington Beach. Commissioners, voting 7 to 5 after a contentious four-hour public hearing, rejected staff recommendations to preserve the 0.7-acre patch of brackish freshwater wetland near Pacific Coast Highway and Beach Boulevard.
April 9, 2000 |
Forged in the sweat of farm workers, this once rural Santa Barbara County town is being reshaped into a suburban mecca by newcomers seeking affordable homes along California's pricey Central Coast. Housing tracts are being hastily constructed within earshot of strawberry workers bent to load trays in nearby fields. New cul-de-sacs are suddenly sprouting sport utility vehicles and portable basketball hoops.