I am a member of the Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club, and I cannot understand why the City Council has not considered the two buildings in front of the racquet club. They're vacant, they're owned by the Irvine Co. — why couldn't they claim eminent domain for those? It's got perfect parking, they're not that old, they could be reconfigured, it would cost a lot less money, and they're centrally located. I do not understand why they don't pursue that.
We vehemently oppose any thought of placing a new city hall at the tennis club. The traffic in the area is already bad. We see how awful it can get when the Toshiba Classic is held at the country club. We live at Irvine Terrace across the street. The intersection is small, and there's no place for the cars to go.
It will be disastrous for our property values in Irvine Terrace if a new city hall is built there creating hundreds, if not thousands, of car trips at the intersection of Irvine Terrace and East Coast Highway every day.