The AERIE project — denied Coastal Commission approval last spring — has been revised and reduced and will go back before the agency in March.
The Coastal Commission's agenda lists the project on the March 9 agenda for a meeting in Santa Cruz. No staff report has been posted.
In a recent interview, owner Rick Julian said he has downscaled the project and believes he has done everything the Coastal Commissioners requested.
"I'm so tired of this," Julian said. "I wanted to either get rid of the property or do something."
Julian spent years working on plans to replace an apartment building on Carnation Avenue at Ocean Boulevard, and finally in July 2009, the Newport Beach City Council voted 4 to 2 to approve it. In April 2010, a Coastal Commission staff report recommended the Commission approve the project.
During that Coastal Commission hearing, however, several commissioners expressed concerns over the excavation of coastal bluff.