Mailbag: Mixed-use project has superior design

July 17, 2010

Mixed-use project has superior design

For such an important project, the Daily Pilot failed to get all the important facts ("Housing project protested," July 16). The proposed mixed-use senior housing project at 845 Baker St. is consistent with the SoBeCa plan, as city planning staff and a majority of the City Council said.

The SoBeCa plan specifically encourages mixed-use development. While the idea of excluding senior citizens from this plan may be Sadeghi's personal vision, it is not what is stated in the plan. I doubt those of us over 55 would appreciate being excluded; I know I don't.


Furthermore, Sadeghi's representations about "military bunkers" totally mischaracterizes and belies the fact that USA Properties is a consummate developer of beautiful and quality projects. As architect for this project, I can appreciate the diversity of aesthetic taste, but I can safely assert that the project's design is far superior to many of the existing buildings in the SoBeCa plan area. Just take a look at the photo in this article!

Additionally, the reporting about the noise study is incorrect. If the noise levels from the existing businesses are acceptable to residents who already live in the area, could not they also be acceptable to residents living in these new mixed-use units which employ enhanced construction methods? What about enforcing the city's noise ordinance? Wouldn't that quiet things down?

Jan R. Hochhauser

Hochhauser Blatter Architecture and Planning

Santa Barbara

City hall measure was purposely vague

There have been a number of recent statements from Mayor Curry of Newport Beach that the residents voted and thereby directed the City Council to build the new city hall project now under construction by means of the earlier February 2008 ballot measure. I do not agree with those repeated pronouncements for a number of reasons:

•This is the text of the Feb. 5, 2008, ballot measure: "Shall the City of Newport Beach Charter be amended to require City Hall, city administration offices and related parking to be located on City property which is bounded by Avocado Avenue on the east, San Miguel Drive on the north and MacArthur Boulevard on the east and Newport Beach Central Library on the south?"

That ballot measure passed, 52.9% to 47.1%.

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