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December 13, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
As Disney California Adventure reaches the midway point of a $1.1-billion expansion, I'd like to take a speculative look at what Walt Disney Imagineering might have in mind for Phase 2 of the massive renovation project. DCA's extreme makeover was necessitated by the on-the-cheap, off-the-shelf nature of the nearly decade-old theme park that even Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger now calls "mediocre. " Phase 1, which began in 2008, fixes about a third of the flawed park.
February 7, 1988
This spring is the target date for the start of construction on the 700-acre Sunbow master-planned community being developed in Chula Vista by Great American Development Co., Patrick Development Ltd. and Stafford-Gardner. Grading has begun on the 100-acre first phase of the project.
May 12, 1989
Metro Pointe, a $500-million business center next to South Coast Plaza, will feature six high-rise office buildings, a hotel, restaurants and retail facilities. Nearing completion are four- and six-story office buildings and parking facilities, which make up the second phase of the 52-acre project. Planned for future phases are a 10-, 12- and twin 15-story office towers. FACTS AND FIGURES Address: 950 S. Coast Drive, Costa Mesa Developer: Arnel Development Co. Architect: A.C. Martin & Associates Primary Contractor: Arnel Development Co. Broker: Arnel Development Co. Square feet: 1.2 million in the total project; 200,000 in the second phase Use: Office, hotel, retail Cost: $500 million Scheduled completion date: NA Parking capacity: 710 for current phase Projected rental cost per square foot: 1.90-$2 for current phase Source: Arnel Development Co.
April 6, 1986
Following an 11-day campout by home buyers, all 22 Phase 1-A, single-family homes of the Fieldstone Collection at Rancho San Diego were sold out, priced from $104,990 to $125,990.
June 1, 1986
Construction has begun on the 37-unit first phase of The Summit at Carlsbad, a 248-single-family-home development by Foote Development Co., located near Interstate 5 in northern San Diego County.
July 24, 1986
The West Hollywood City Council has hired a planning firm to start on the first phase of a development program for the city's proposed Civic Center building project. Starting in August and continuing for eight months, the firm of De Bretteville and Polyzoides will work on initial plans. When the first planning phase is completed, a design competition will be held to determine the appearance of the proposed center.
June 22, 1986
Prompted by a waiting list of more than 300 prospective buyers for the 31 single-family houses in the third phase of NorthPoint, Covington Homes/Orange County has scheduled an 8 a.m. lottery drawing Saturday. A spokeswoman for the firm said that families camped out in rainy weather for up to a week for the units in the second phase of the Placentia project. Surrounded by Alta Vista Golf Course, third-phase houses will be priced from $143,990 to $188,990.
September 8, 1985
Title to Greystone, a two-phase, 200,000-square-foot garden office building at 1800-2000 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, has changed hands with its sale by owner/developers Ratkovich, Bowers, Perez Inc. to Markborough Properties Limited of Toronto. The $22-million negotiation was handled by Coldwell Banker's Los Angeles office for the seller, and by Weatherall Green & Smith Inc. of London and New York, for the buyer.
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