Newport Beach City Council members have tossed out the idea of turning the existing City Hall site into a 300-space parking lot after employees vacate for their new Civic Center later this year.
But the council on Tuesday balked at the interim plan to demolish the City Hall structures and install parking meters at the 4.26-acre site along the parking-impacted Balboa Peninsula. Councilman Mike Henn, who has a business client in nearby Lido Village, recused himself from the discussion.
"That seems like a fairly treacherous thing to do, to build an interim lot and then take it away," Councilman Steve Rosansky said. "For my money, I'd rather we focus on the redevelopment of this site and focus on whatever other revenue options are out there."