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Corona del Mar Today: Sidewalk repairs are set to begin along Goldenrod

January 14, 2012
  • Street repair work along along Goldenrod Avenue in Corona del Mar began Monday.
Street repair work along along Goldenrod Avenue in Corona… (Amy Senk )

Sidewalk, curb and gutter repair work began last week in Corona del Mar along Goldenrod Avenue, the first part of a four-month project that will begin in the Flower streets and stretch to Newport Coast.

The project began Monday and is scheduled to be completed by May 9, said Tara Finnigan, a Newport Beach city spokeswoman.

The city's website states that construction costs will be $433,950.

The work will replace sidewalks, curbs, gutters and cross gutters, including construction of curb access ramps for wheelchair access to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the website.

Crews have placed "no parking" signs along many Corona del Mar streets, including Fourth Avenue, and covered permanent parking street signs in areas where work is scheduled. The project also includes Harbor View Hills, Spyglass and Newport Coast neighborhoods.

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Remodeling at Rose Bakery

Rose Bakery Cafe is undergoing a major remodel, with crews repaving the outdoor seating area last week and interior work scheduled that will close the popular restaurant for about the last two weeks of January.

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The restaurant remained open last week, although outdoor seating has been pushed to a few tables along the side of the building at 3536 E. Coast Hwy. Workers fenced off the main outdoor dining area, pulling up the asphalt in order to install pavers and a low gate that will separate it from the parking lot.

The interior remodel will begin Jan. 23 and close the restaurant until about Feb. 4 or 5, contractor Raymond Acosta said.

The work will include installing a fireplace, a television, new indoor and outdoor speakers, new floors and ceiling, along with new appliances and showcases.

"I'm kind of scared," said owner Dai Lim. "It's a lot of work, but it will be very nice. Our customers tend to crowd in one area, and the remodel will help with that congestion inside."

The remodel will not increase seating at the restaurant, which the owners were granted in December 2010 after a second Planning Commission hearing.

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OneWest Bank prepares to open

A OneWest Bank branch will open this spring in the former Honeybaked Ham location at 3700 E. Coast Hwy.

OneWest Bank has been issued permits for construction, which began last week. A bank spokesman said that the building is being refurbished and should open in late April.

When it opens, OneWest will be the second bank in that block to open within a year, following Opus Bank's opening at 3748 E. Coast Hwy. over the summer.

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