Dana Point Harbor redux
After 20 years, during which the Orange County Board of Supervisors mulled and the public debated the concept of refurbishing the 1970s-era Dana Point Harbor, the Board of Supervisors has selected a partnership of three development firms to do the job.
Accordingly, the county is in a three-month negotiation period with Dana Point Harbor Partners, consisting of retail specialist Burnham Ward Properties, hotel specialist R.D. Olson Development and marina specialist Bellwether Financial Group. If negotiations work out, the $399 million redevelopment of the entire Dana Point Harbor could begin next year with construction spread over seven years.
The concept is for Burnham to undertake 77,000 square feet of commercial development – restaurants and shops, a 32,000-square-foot market hall and food court, and a surfing museum on 29 acres of the property. Olson would develop two hotels on 3.5 acres. And Bellwether would refurbish 2,296 boat slips and provide a 388-space dry boat storage facility on 20.5 acres. The developers, who say the result will be “a world-class harbor,” would have a 50-year lease on the land.
Another 18 holes comes to OC
Does the Orange Coast need another golf course? Although the question is being debated by onlookers, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has voted to begin lease negotiations with Chapman Investment and Guardian Capital to develop an 18-hole short course on 200 of the county’s 395-acre covered landfill in Newport Beach. The Coyote Canyon Landfill, off Newport Coast Drive, was closed in 1990 after 27 years.
Chapman and Guardian plan to develop the 18-hole course, sometimes called an executive course because of its short playing time and appeal to corporate outings. It will feature a double-decker driving range, a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, and 16,000 square feet of ballrooms, wedding gardens and food court.
If the two firms cannot make a deal with the county, another company, Tait & Associates of Santa Ana, is standing by with plans for an 18-hole golf course, a driving range, an outdoor beer garden, a hotel and a four-star restaurant. The county plans to set aside 123 acres of its site as a habitat for the California gnatcatcher.
Goodbye Anabella, Hello Westin Anaheim Resort
Demolition of the 358-room California Mission-style Anabella Hotel, on Katella Avenue next to the Anaheim Convention Center, is underway to make room for Wincome Group’s 634-room, $245 million, four-star Westin Anaheim Resort. The seven-story hotel, designed by Michael Hong Architects, will include three restaurants and 11 meeting rooms.
When open in late 2019 or early 2020, the resort will have a lush landscape created by Lifescapes International, Newport Beach. Lifescapes, which created landscapes for such hotels as the Wynn and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, is planning a fountain for the motor court, two swimming pools, a spa, and a rooftop with fire pits, shade structures and water features.
The Westin will be the third four-diamond hotel in Anaheim, joining the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian.
Pendulum swings on Peter’s Landing
When Peter’s Landing on Pacific Coast Highway overlooking Huntington Harbour opened in the late 1970s, the two-story complex with restaurants and shops on the first floor and offices on the second floor attracted visitors from all over Orange and Los Angeles counties. But as the years went by, the once-hot development lost much of its appeal.
Now Pendulum Properties Partners, Irvine, has purchased the 100,000-square-foot property for a reported $33 million to undertake “a significant re-positioning” and once again make the mixed-use complex a regional draw.
The 300-plus boat slips at Peter’s Landing are not part of the real estate transaction and will continue to be owned and operated by Taki Sun Inc.
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