Newport Crossings project — as of March 2019
Planning Commission approves project, but appealed to City Council
Project Overview: This is a revision of the Residences at Newport Place proposal (rejected by both the Planning Commission and City Council in 2016) for high density, high rise residential redevelopment of the now shuttered shopping center that was formerly home to “Arnie’s Deli” and “Il Barone” restaurant — a pentagon of land along the MacArthur corridor in the Airport Area, bounded by Dove, Scott, Corinthian and Martingale Ways (and an abutting office parking lot). A new developer, Starboard Realty Partners, LLC, is proposing a new project called Newport Crossings. They propose 350 residential units in a wrap-style building (parking is internal, units are wrapped around the parking structure), with 7,500 square feet of commercial uses (2,000 square feet of “casual” dining and 5,500 square feet of retail). The building itself is five stories with a six story parking structure (one subterranean), and includes 740 parking stalls for residents, guests, and retail visitors. A half-acre public park will be developed on the south side of the building and dedicated to the City of Newport Beach, but permanently maintained by the property owners. Of the 350 residential units, 78 will be affordable. For further details of the new proposal, see the City’s web page devoted to the project.
Why We’re Watching: SPON is focused on an Airport Area Plan that provides for better, more integrated projects that fit the nearby uses and provide for improved housing options for local workers. It is our understanding that the developer of Newport Crossings supports the concept of an Airport Area Plan as well. If and when the City dives into the details, we hope Airport Area developers and SPON can be at the table to guide policy discussion. Since August 2018, SPON worked collaboratively with the developer on this project to alleviate minor concerns. We focused on park features, landscaping, parking, resident focused amenities, retail options, charging stations for electric vehicles, and ways to incorporate alternative modes of transportation into the project.
An appeal to the City Council has been filed, but a date for the hearing has not yet been set.
March 7, 2019: The Planning Commission’s approval was appealed to City Council by the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, who raised numerous questions about the adequacy of the EIR (see Response to Comments, Letter A12 on page 2-61).
February 21, 2019: The Planning Commission approved the application. During the hearing, SPON relayed its appreciation of the collaborative process, both orally and in writing. The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters submitted multiple comments critical of the environmental analysis. Although the matter would not normally need to go to the Council, the Carpenters group threatened to appeal the approval to them (see agenda materials).
February 5, 2019: The City’s Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission reviewed the public park dedication portion of the plan (see agenda and staff report) and recommended approval as submitted, but expressed concern regarding availability of rest rooms (signs were promised, directing park users to the retail center where, it was promised, the restrooms would be available to them).
January 16, 2019: SPON submitted a letter to the City Council and Planning Commission regarding the Newport Crossings project.
January 14, 2019: This was the deadline to submit comments on the draft EIR. SPON did not submit comments.
December 6, 2018: The Planning Commission held a 4:00 pm Study Session to review the project. SPON spoke at the meeting, indicating that the organization has been engaged in discussions to resolve minor concerns on the project, adding that its board would still review the EIR (see video).
November 30, 2018: The draft EIR was released for public review with comments due by January 14, 2019.
November 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm: Was the deadline to submit written comments to be considered in the “scoping” of the EIR. See Notice of Preparation for submission details.
November 16, 2017: Per the Notice of Preparation, a “Scoping Meeting” was held in the Evelyn Hart Event Center at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar. Staff and consultants described the project and invited comments on issues that need to be addressed in the EIR.
November 1, 2017: The City announced the posting of a “Notice of Preparation” for an Environmental Impact Report to be prepared prior to any City approvals (this is an improvement over the previous proposal, whose approval was considered with only a lesser “Mitigated Negative Declaration“). Comments on issues that need to be addressed in the EIR are due by November 30, and can also be offered orally at a public Scoping Meeting to be held on November 16.
May 31, 2017: Application for project filed with City.
- Daily Pilot (Nov. 17, 2017): Airport-area midrise proposes 350 apartments plus retail, dining and …
- Full Notice of Preparation for the Environmental Impact Report
- City web folder for additional project-related environmental documents (none yet)
- City webpage for project
- City “case log” tracking actions on application