With new park and infrastructure projects planned, the Balboa Peninsula may see an infusion of funds during the next fiscal year.
The largest chunk of Newport Beach's $57-million capital improvement budget is slated for that area, according to an analysis by the Daily Pilot.
Peninsula residents have complained for years that the city has neglected their part of town — the historical heart of Newport Beach — as the Irvine Co. developed Newport Coast, and cultural, commercial and governing institutions concentrated in Newport Center. Now, with core public works projects and new parks planned for West Newport, some people are satisfied to see the city turning its attention.
"We're clearly at a junction here where we need to focus on reinvestment of the west side of Newport Beach," said Mayor Mike Henn, who represents District 1, which includes the Peninsula.
If the City Council adopts the budget Tuesday, District 1 projects will consume $14.2 million, or 25%, of the capital improvement budget, among the seven council districts. District 1 also encompasses Lido Isle and the numbered streets up to 48th.