Op-Ed: Future of The Racquet Club of Irvine Threatened by Possible Sale to Real Estate Developer

 Recently, the owner of The Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI) published a letter to the members of RCI notifying them of a potential sale of the club and land to a real estate developer.  RCI has been a fixture of recreation in Irvine for 45 years. The facility has 28 tennis courts, a junior salt water pool, exercise gym, yoga studio, physical therapy center, sports training center and an internationally recognized tennis academy.

Fortunately, RCI is zoned for recreational use only.  The only way the property of RCI can be developed into residential property, i.e. condos, is by a zoning change to residential use and has to be approved by the Irvine City Council.

We, as the residents of Irvine, need to say No to a zoning change for RCI.  We need to say No to additional traffic congestion, more crowded schools, more urban development and the loss of an irreplaceable recreational community asset that is RCI.

A coalition has been formed to stop the zoning change of RCI.  You can get more information on their website, WWW.SAVERCI.COM.  Please sign their petition to save RCI from developers and get a commitment from the City Council of Irvine to protect the essence of Irvine – safe, well-planned neighborhoods, excellent schools, and various recreational amenities, that meets the needs of its residents.


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