Corona del Mar may soon have a new entrance into the city, at MacArthur Boulevard and East Coast Highway. The plans could include an extra-wide sidewalk, planted palm trees, and low walls for seating.
According to Corona del Mar Today’s article on the topic,
“Members of the Corona del Mar Citizens Advisory Panel voted 3-1 at the group’s December meeting to approve the plans and forward them to the Newport Beach Neighborhood Revitalization Committee. The decision resulted in the CdM CAP group’s being immediately disbanded because it filled its obligations, despite an agenda that listed another January meeting and earlier discussion of outreach efforts to nearby businesses and the Corona del Mar Residents Association.“
Ron Yeo was quoted in the same article as estimating the proposed plan to cost around $1.3 million, and that the plan could be on the city of Newport Beach’s proposed budget by July, 2012.
The current plan involves moving the “squeeze” lane, where the three traffic lanes reduce to two lanes, to the the other side of the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and the highway. The former squeeze lane would be converted into a wider sidewalk area (from about 12 feet to an estimated 33 feet) between Begonia and Carnation avenues. The proposed new look for this area can be seen in the “After” photo to the left, taken from the Newport Beach city’s website.
Not only will the plans beautify the area, but will make it safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers.
There is a bit of controversy involved in this proposed plan, it seems mainly because of the quick decision made by the Corona del Mar Citizens Advisory Panel. Corona del Mar Today quoted a resident who disagrees with the quickness of this plan: “’I believe we rushed this decision,’ Lisa Jordan said in an email. ‘I am disappointed that we may have not fulfill our agreement to the city. By this vote, we’re essentially handing the full responsibility back over to the city, which was not our direction/job. There are still so many decisions to be made.'”
Notices will be sent to community members and property owners before the next Neighborhood Revitalization Committee meeting, scheduled for January 12, at 4 p.m. at 3300 Newport Blvd in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
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