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February 26, 2003
Deirdre Newman Only an appeal to the City Council stands between a wrecking ball and the Kona Lanes bowling alley following the Planning Commission's decision to bring Kohl's department store to the Mesa Verde Center. Monday, the commission voted 4-1 to allow the Segerstroms to replace the bowling alley and the defunct Edwards Theater and Ice Capades Chalet with the 95,839-square-foot store. The approval bucked the opinion of city planners and some residents in the vicinity who deemed the building too massive to abut homes.
NEWS
February 25, 2003
I'm one of the 10 residents on Ashwood. I'm directly affected by the proposal to replace Kona Lanes. I and my nine neighbors all want Kona lanes and the other two other buildings replaced. Why, you may ask? Because of what is there now, and what could be there in the future. I have not heard one other proposal that makes any sense. There are two vacant buildings losing money, and one outdated bowling alley. I bowl in two leagues, one at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, the other at Saddleback Lanes in Mission Viejo.
NEWS
March 2, 2003
I was very disappointed with the Costa Mesa Planning Commission's decision to recommend approval of the Kohl's department store. I live in that area, and I think a department store would bring too much traffic to the already congested Harbor and Adams intersection. The streets leading into and out of the parking lots of both the Target shopping center and the Mervyns on Adams in Huntington Beach are very congested. Orange Coast College and the swap meet already generate plenty of traffic during the week and on weekends.
NEWS
March 8, 2003
I am appalled again at another Costa Mesa Planning Commission sell-out to the Segerstroms. It would appear that with this group, whatever Henry wants, Henry gets. A large department store such as Kohl's has no right to be in the Mesa Verde area, where we are already choked with traffic and bombarded with noise. I strongly urge the City Council to consider the lives of us residents over the all-mighty tax dollar and turn this project down flat. ROBERT SPICER Costa Mesa My husband and I were at the Costa Mesa Planning Commission meeting the other night.
NEWS
August 17, 2002
Lolita Harper City Council members on Monday will consider launching environmental studies for a department store slated to replace a vintage bowling alley, vacant ice skating rink and empty movie theater at the Mesa Verde Shopping Center on Harbor Boulevard. Renovation plans for the southern half of the Mesa Verde Shopping Center, where the lively Kona Lanes and the empty Ice Chalet and Edwards movie theater sit, call for all three buildings to be replaced by a Kohl's retail store.
NEWS
April 9, 2003
Deirdre Newman Nice store. Wrong location. This attitude toward a Kohl's department store proposed for the Mesa Verde Center echoed throughout council chambers again and again Monday and ended up sinking C.J. Segerstrom & Sons' efforts to bring the national chain to Mesa Verde. The City Council heard the message and rejected the plans for a Kohl's by a 4-1 vote. The 96,000-square-foot store would have been one of 28 new Kohl's to open in the Southern California area.
NEWS
August 20, 2002
Lolita Harper City Council members on Monday approved a contract to study the traffic and environmental effects of a proposed department store that would demolish the popular bowling alley Kona Lanes on Harbor Boulevard. The council voted 3 to 1 to award the $59,000 contract to LSA Associates for the study of a 95,000-square-foot Kohl's store on Segerstrom-owned property. Councilman Gary Monahan was absent, and Councilman Chris Steel dissented, saying he wanted the study to include the possibility of a skateboard park and the bowling alley.
NEWS
April 15, 2003
I am responding to the question in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Pilot: "What should go into the empty space at the Mesa Verde Center?" I am copying this message to Chris Steel, mayor pro tem of Costa Mesa, just so he can see the suggestion as well. I don't know who at City Hall is in charge of implementing these various projects, so I am hoping it will be routed to the appropriate person or committee. Thanks in advance. I think that since the Kohl's department store proposal fell through, another great use for the empty lot there in Costa Mesa would be to put a Hometown Buffet restaurant there.
NEWS
April 8, 2003
Deirdre Newman Mayor Karen Robinson elaborated on her reasons for appealing approval of a Kohl's department store at the Mesa Verde Center at Monday night's City Council meeting, citing a "cumulative" effect. As of press time, it was uncertain that the council would vote on the project or continue the item. The project calls for a 96,000-square-foot store that will replace the defunct Edwards Movie Theater and Ice Capades Chalet and the Kona Lanes bowling alley, which is tentatively scheduled to close in June.
NEWS
February 28, 2003
Deirdre Newman All work and no play makes Costa Mesa a dull city. So says Mayor Karen Robinson, who plans to file an appeal today of the Planning Commission's approval of Kohl's department store as a last-ditch attempt to save recreational options at the Mesa Verde Center. The Kohl's store, approved by the commission on Monday, is slated to replace the existing Kona Lanes bowling alley and the defunct Edwards Theater and Ice Capades Chalet. "As a City Council, we have an obligation to see to it that Costa Mesa is not only a good place to work and do business, but to play," Robinson said.
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NEWS
April 20, 2003
I just can't take it anymore. Where has the common sense of Costa Mesa leaders and residents gone? With regards to the Kohl's proposal, maybe it's just not common anymore. Kohl's played by the rules on the books. They didn't ask for anything special. But Mayor Karen Robinson in her last try for revenge on the Segerstroms pulls out, "I don't need to wait and see the traffic reports." Can you imagine the response if a property owner tried that line?
NEWS
April 15, 2003
I am responding to the question in Wednesday's edition of the Daily Pilot: "What should go into the empty space at the Mesa Verde Center?" I am copying this message to Chris Steel, mayor pro tem of Costa Mesa, just so he can see the suggestion as well. I don't know who at City Hall is in charge of implementing these various projects, so I am hoping it will be routed to the appropriate person or committee. Thanks in advance. I think that since the Kohl's department store proposal fell through, another great use for the empty lot there in Costa Mesa would be to put a Hometown Buffet restaurant there.
NEWS
April 12, 2003
I was disappointed by the Costa Mesa City Council's decision Monday night to overturn the Planning Commission's 4-1 approval of the Kohl's project at Mesa Verde Center. Not only was the verdict disappointing, but so to was the methodology and reasoning used by our city leaders to reach their decision. The Mesa Verde Center in recent years has lost the Ice Chalet skating rink and the movie theater. The resulting empty buildings, combined with the decaying Kona Lanes, has created an eyesore and embarrassment for the neighborhood.
NEWS
April 9, 2003
Deirdre Newman Nice store. Wrong location. This attitude toward a Kohl's department store proposed for the Mesa Verde Center echoed throughout council chambers again and again Monday and ended up sinking C.J. Segerstrom & Sons' efforts to bring the national chain to Mesa Verde. The City Council heard the message and rejected the plans for a Kohl's by a 4-1 vote. The 96,000-square-foot store would have been one of 28 new Kohl's to open in the Southern California area.
NEWS
April 8, 2003
Deirdre Newman Mayor Karen Robinson elaborated on her reasons for appealing approval of a Kohl's department store at the Mesa Verde Center at Monday night's City Council meeting, citing a "cumulative" effect. As of press time, it was uncertain that the council would vote on the project or continue the item. The project calls for a 96,000-square-foot store that will replace the defunct Edwards Movie Theater and Ice Capades Chalet and the Kona Lanes bowling alley, which is tentatively scheduled to close in June.
NEWS
April 5, 2003
Fashion Island is ignoring one target group I read about Fashion Island's new plan ("Re-fashioning the Island," Monday). I think they completely left out an age group, the customer that is older than 55. There are absolutely no shops there for the older customer. They have forgotten that older customers like a place to sit -- they have taken out half of the benches, especially around the Daily Grill and the parking garage. They could make the new food court accessible for someone who has a walker or a cane.
NEWS
March 15, 2003
In the Mesa Verde section of Costa Mesa, there are plans to erect a Kohl's department store to replace a bowling alley, ice rink and movie theater. The area's savior, Mayor Karen Robinson, has called for a revisit of the plans to replace these family attractions, which is quite ironic, since Robinson does not have any kids. But there is more to the Kohl's vs. family attractions story than trying to keep a part of Costa Mesa family friendly. But to describe it, I have to play fast and loose with some information I heard several years ago. There is a tremendous benefit to any community when residents make their purchases at businesses that are based in that city as opposed to those headquartered in another city or state.
NEWS
March 12, 2003
I was pleased to read that the proposed Kohl's department store has received Planning Commission approval. However, in reading recent letters I was surprised at some of the residents' opposition. Several letter writers talk about the loss of recreation. I am not sure what they mean. If the theater and Ice Capades were successful they would still be there. So unless a new wave of residents (and those writing letters are not) plan to patronize these types of uses, why not clean-up the empty buildings and provide the residents of Costa Mesa with a use -- Kohl's -- that makes more sense and more importantly will provide revenue to the city.
NEWS
March 8, 2003
I am appalled again at another Costa Mesa Planning Commission sell-out to the Segerstroms. It would appear that with this group, whatever Henry wants, Henry gets. A large department store such as Kohl's has no right to be in the Mesa Verde area, where we are already choked with traffic and bombarded with noise. I strongly urge the City Council to consider the lives of us residents over the all-mighty tax dollar and turn this project down flat. ROBERT SPICER Costa Mesa My husband and I were at the Costa Mesa Planning Commission meeting the other night.
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