As the Costa Mesa gets ready to celebrate the opening of the Orange County Performing Arts Center's new concert hall, there are five developers planning a future that could transform the entire surrounding neighborhood.
Possibly as many as five high-rise projects, including a plan to move the Orange County Museum of Art from Newport Beach next to the performing arts center, are weaving their way through the city's approval process.
These projects, which are being grouped together, would demolish shopping centers and restaurants and replace them with over a thousand new homes in high rise towers. As many as 80 condos would be built above the relocated museum, giving art lovers a chance to live literally on top of the museum's collection of modern and contemporary art.
A Sept. 11 public hearing is scheduled to look at an environmental report on how the 3,000 new residents, along with visitors and tourists, would affect already busy streets and sparse parking in the rapidly urbanizing area.
"Moving the museum would create an incredible complex of the performing arts and visual arts that would rival any city," said Dennis Szakas, the museum's director.
The draft environmental impact report can be viewed on the city's Web site.
Detailed project information is available at the Planning Division, City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in City Council chambers at City Hall.
Segerstrom Town Center
Location: 3400 and 3420 Bristol St.
Property owners: South Coast Plaza Partners
Developer: C.J. Segerstrom & Sons
Proposed project: Two high-rise residential towers. One tower with 225 condos and 233,170 square feet of office space. A second tower with 50 condos built on top of a 200-room hotel.
The Orange County Museum of Art
Location: 605 Town Center Drive
Property owners: Orange County Performing Arts Center
Developer: Orange County Performing Arts Center
Proposed project: 80 condos to be built on top of a 140,000-square-foot Orange County Museum of Art. The first three or four floors would be reserved for exhibit space, museum offices, a gift shop and restaurants.
The Californian at Town Center
Location: 580 Anton Blvd.
Property owners: Roger and Barbara Allensworth
Developers: The Fifield Companies
Proposed project: Two 25-story, high-rise condominum towers with 250 units along with 2,350 square feet of shopping space
Location: 585 Anton Blvd.
Property owners: Stockbridge/MCC South Coast, LLC; J.K. Sakioka Company and AMS Craig, LLC
Developers: J.K. Sakioka Co.
Proposed project: Two high-rise towers about 24 stories and two mid-rise towers about six stories. The project includes 484 homes and 6,000 square feet of shops on the ground floor.
Pacific Arts Plaza
Location: 675 Anton Blvd.
Acreage: 1.3 acres
Property owners: Maguire Properties-Pacific Arts Plaza
Developers: Maguire Properties
Proposed project: High-rise residential tower of 180 condos