• May 29, 2024
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Great Park

The Canopy – Retail Center at the Great Park

For the past several weeks, city staff and our retail development firm partner, Almquist, have been working to advance the delivery of a new retail shopping center in the Great Park.  The proposed shopping center is being branded as The Canopy. Based on the progress to date, the retail center is set to start construction […]

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City Council Regular Meeting – March 26, 2024

It’s a packed Agenda for the upcoming Irvine Council Meeting this Tuesday, March 26th. The Council will be going dark in April because the next two planned council meetings fall on Eid and Passover. Here are some of the Notable Agenda Items.    Item 3.5 – 2023 Annual Progress Report for the City of Irvine Housing […]

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Federal Investigators Demand Documents Regarding Aborted Live Nation Amphitheater Deal

The City of Irvine is facing a January 11, 2024 deadline to submit to federal investigators “all documents relating to the City’s potential partnership with Live Nation to develop a new venue within the City of Irvine.” The Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) was accompanied by a December 11, 2023, letter to City Attorney Jeffrey Melching […]

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FivePoint is Legally Entitled to Build 10,556 Homes of Any Type They Choose in the Irvine Great Park: How Did That Happen?

At meeting of November 2, 2023,  the Irvine Planning Commission approved FivePoint’s plan to build 82 large, single-family homes in a Great Park area near Irvine Boulevard. When an appeal to this Planning Commission approval was heard at the December 12 City Council meeting, the Council denied the appeal and, thereby, affirmed the Planning Commission […]

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Can’t Stop The Music: Irvine To Provide A Temporary and Permanent Music Venue at Great Park

Irvine saves live music. Or at the very least, intends to at their next Great Park Board meeting on November 28, 2023 at 2:00PM. The City agenized plans for a temporary music venue at the Great Park and an update on existing plans for a permanent 8,000-10,000 seat amphitheater in the heart of the Park. […]

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Monumental Council Meeting to Select a Council District Map; Great Park Scores a Goal; and City Grants Raise Questions

On Tuesday, October 10th at 6PM the City Council will hear final public comments before selecting a single district map to be voted on in the March primary election along with a charter amendment to expand the City Council size from five to seven members. Also on the agenda this Tuesday, we have two companion […]

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Much Desired Food, Beverage and Retail Planned for Great Park

Irvine to Consider Ambitious Plans for Food and Beverage at Great Park The Great Park Board returns this Tuesday with a big item pertaining to Great Park food and beverage services.  City staff proposes to: Develop an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Frontier Real Estate Investments, LLC (aka Almquist), relating to Great Park food and beverage […]

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City Council Agenda Highlights For May 9, 2023

Great Park Board Meeting This meeting takes place at 2:00 pm in the Irvine City Council Chambers. A couple of presentations will be given to the Great Park Board during this meeting. One reviews the Botanical Garden Project Details and another which provides an overview of the Great Park Framework Development Communications Plan.  The main […]

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Opinion: Great Park Urban Farm Providing Diverse Public Benefits, a Link to the Past, and Innovation: Stability Jeopardized?

Did you know that Irvine has an urban farm at the Great Park? This local and perhaps under-appreciated amenity operates in association with Solutions for Urban Ag. This local good, currently known as the Great Park Farm and Food Lab, provides diverse public benefits. These include but are not limited to providing a link to […]

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City Council Agenda Highlights for March 28, 2023

The City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, will consider several important proposals. Will the Council vote to issue $1 billion in bonds to fund Great Park development? What is the City doing to preserve existing affordable housing units? Will the Council override the recommendation of the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee and approve a […]

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