NEWPORT BEACH — Residents have griped to their City Council members recently about rehab homes popping up in their neighborhoods. Now it might be the council members' turn to complain about an undesirable land use on property they control: parking.
Trying to balance the city's financial needs with civic considerations and their surrounding landowners' goals, public officials are planning the reuse of the current City Hall complex on Newport Boulevard, which is slated to close when the new one opens on Avocado Avenue.
They're collaborating with owners of nearby commercial properties along the Peninsula to create a "vision" for the area. While this process has produced some creative ideas, like a new waterway along the site, it has also dwelled on parking — an uninspiring but perhaps necessary use of the land.