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By Jill Cowan | October 8, 2012
The Irvine Co. plans to expand its Newport Center headquarters by adding a 19-story tower to its complex there, a news release said last week. Construction on the building at 520 Newport Center Drive is expected to begin early next year and be completed by the end of 2014. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects of New York designed the roughly 300,000-squre-foot tower. The firm's I.M. Pei is perhaps best-known for designing the glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
NEWS
January 28, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Ballots for this fall's slow-growth measure are not even printed yet and already it's affecting the city's menu of developments. On Thursday, the county's largest developer, the Irvine Co., canceled its plans to expand Newport Center. Executive Vice President Gary H. Hunt, in a Jan. 27 letter written to the City Council, wrote that the measure added too much uncertainty to an already time-consuming and expensive city planning process.
NEWS
February 1, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- Apparently following the lead of the Irvine Co., one of the three remaining property owners with a development proposal for Newport Center has pulled out. In a surprising move last Thursday, Executive Vice President Gary H. Hunt withdrew the Irvine Co.'s plans to expand Newport Center. Hunt wrote in a letter to the mayor that the so-called Greenlight initiative added too much uncertainty to an already time-consuming and expensive city planning process.
NEWS
October 16, 1999
they need If you build it, they will come. The recent completion of the Irvine Co. development Corona del Mar Plaza (at the southeast corner of E. Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard) and nearby low-rise office buildings provide a taste of things to come if the Irvine Co. further increases the density of already overdeveloped Newport Center. Nearby San Miguel Drive was improved between Avocado Avenue and MacArthur and was close to obsolete on the day of completion.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | November 18, 2006
Newport Beach officials are in talks to buy a seven-acre parcel on East Coast Highway that could become home to a new city hall. The property at 1602 E. Coast Highway in Newport Center is now occupied by the Balboa Bay Club's tennis club, but the club's lease is set to expire soon, said Newport Beach City Councilman Tod Ridgeway, who chairs the council's building committee. "It is a piece that we're looking at for a possible city hall site," Councilman Ed Selich said. "We're appraising the property, and we've had discussions with the property owners, and some are interested in selling and some are less interested in selling, so we're trying to find out what its value is before we move in any direction on it."
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | October 31, 2007
The Irvine Co. will give the city of Newport Beach $27 million to build a new city hall wherever it wants as part of a proposed new development agreement unveiled Tuesday night at a joint special City Council and Planning Commission session. “Some things could stay the same or could change, but we’re about 80 to 90% there,” said Mayor Steve Rosansky, who helped negotiate the deal along with Councilman Ed Selich. Designed to make the mostly Irvine Co.-owned Newport Center the cultural, civic and financial center of the community, the plan is bound to make the public debate more interesting over a February ballot measure that would require Newport Beach’s city hall to be built next to the city’s central library.
NEWS
November 13, 1999
PaineWebber will soon occupy half of a new four-story Irvine Co. building on San Clemente at Newport Center. The building is being constructed next to the Orange County Museum of Art. "Newport Center is like the Wall Street of Orange County," said vice president Don Dalis of PaineWebber, adding that this was the reason for the expanded Newport Beach division. The company will join an already thriving financial center. Newport Center houses 64 financial firms, 18 accounting firms, 14 corporate headquarters, 14 stock and bond brokerages and 13 insurance offices.
NEWS
October 12, 1999
Lisa Reedy The opening of the Shops at Mission Viejo is a cause for celebration for South County cities and their residents. Until now, the residents of South County had to drive north to Fashion Island or South Coast Plaza in search of first-class shopping. For years, Newport Beach and its neighbor to the north, both of which derive huge amounts of sales tax revenue from their respective malls, benefited from South County's lack of a competitive shopping center.
NEWS
By Richard Luehrs, Jan D. Vandersloot and Jean Watt | November 30, 2007
It may surprise you to see our names on the same opinion piece. In fact, over the years, although we have held a healthy respect for one another, we have rarely seen eye-to-eye on key issues. Until now. The recently proposed Newport Center mixed-use plan and development agreement presented by The Irvine Co. to the community, City Council and Planning Commission achieves many key goals that will benefit our entire city:  Continues the renaissance of Newport Center and provides the opportunities it needs to remain the economic engine of Newport Beach;  Provides $27 million of non-taxpayer money to build a new City Hall, regardless of final location, including keeping it at its current location on the Peninsula.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | January 18, 2008
A Newport Beach environmental group on Friday sued Newport Beach and the City Council to challenge a multimillion dollar development agreement with the Irvine Co., court records show. Newport Beach City Atty. Robin Clauson said she received a phone call Friday from the founder of the nonprofit group Defend the Bay Bob Caustin about the lawsuit, but she had received no more information on the legal action. “I haven’t seen the lawsuit. I don’t know what they’re alleging is wrong,” Clauson said.
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By Barbara Venezia | April 12, 2014
Opening my mail the end of March I found a 10-page foldout piece from the city titled "Newport Beach General Plan - a progress report on the general plan use element amendment. " The title itself is mind numbing, but residents in Newport should be paying close attention to what's bubbling up here. First off, this is probably one of the most poorly produced public information pieces I think I've ever seen. I'm sure someone thought it was really artsy and cool, but it was hardly legible in places.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 20, 2014
The city of Newport Beach may fork over almost $2.2 million more toward its nearly $140-million Civic Center Project. The City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposed settlement for contractors' project-related claims, which include compensation for revised skylight supports, substitute walkway concrete and custom mounting bolts. Several subcontractors submitted claims totaling more than $9 million to builder C.W. Driver after the project's completion in April, according to the city's staff report.
NEWS
By William Lobdell | November 19, 2013
An appropriate tribute to the late Lucille Kuehn, one of the most important women in Newport Beach's 106-year history, would be to name something in her honor at the Central Library. Lucille, who passed away peacefully last week at 89, was the unrelenting force behind the construction of the world-class Central Library. Some part of that building — or a garden area, which she would have loved, being an avid gardener — should bear her name along a brief description of her importance to all Newport library lovers.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | October 4, 2013
Step aside, sailing aficionados. The football fans are coming to Newport Beach. Restaurant and hotel managers throughout the city are joining in preparation for the 2014 Bowl Championship Series game Jan. 6. Although the game will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the players, bands, media and alumni associations will spend their nights in Newport Beach. With the teams will come a whole host of supporters, creating what city organizers believe will be the largest event cohort that Newport Beach has ever entertained.
NEWS
By Leslie Daigle | August 23, 2013
The morning coastal fog has retreated the past few days, perhaps a welcome sign that our real summer has begun. It always brings a new wave of energy and smiles about our special place on the planet. But the sun isn't the only thing producing smiles. How about the bunnies at our new Civic Center? And the free concerts there that have been so well attended? How about new signs of life and energy along Mariners Mile with the promise of The Winery opening on the bay, and the new retail shops at the high visibility corner of Dover and Pacific Coast Highway?
NEWS
June 21, 2013
Re. "Mailbag: Newport is overspending on Civic Center" (June 15): Thank you, Juli Hayden, for your comments regarding the outrageous cost of building the new Newport Beach Civic Center. There must be more of us who are appalled by the excessive use of public funds to build this monstrosity. Everything from the fluorescent green parking structure, alien-like lights, hideous "landscaping," ridiculous bridge/elevator (built so people wouldn't have to be inconvenienced by using the street crosswalk)
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 23, 2012
Undulating wooden waves borne on glittering glass. Shaded walkways facing walls covered in green. An oculus that will let in light like an eye. And a giant Gore-Tex and polymer sail that will glow in the night. These are all elements of architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's vision of Newport Beach's new Civic Center, which is under construction next to the Central Library on Avocado Avenue. The center is slated to be complete early next year, though City Council meetings will move over from the old City Hall site on the Peninsula starting in December.
SPORTS
October 18, 2012
Eight rowers and a coxswain from Newport Aquatic Center are headed to Boston this weekend to compete in the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta. The race takes place on the Charles River and is billed as the world's most prominent and largest two-day rowing event. NAC men's head coach Jeff Collett will be guiding the team. The race is the first for NAC this season and Collett sees it as a good measure of early season progress. "We are looking to place in the top 15," Collett said.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 8, 2012
The Irvine Co. plans to expand its Newport Center headquarters by adding a 19-story tower to its complex there, a news release said last week. Construction on the building at 520 Newport Center Drive is expected to begin early next year and be completed by the end of 2014. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects of New York designed the roughly 300,000-squre-foot tower. The firm's I.M. Pei is perhaps best-known for designing the glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
SPORTS
By Bill Lewis, Special to the Daily Pilot | May 8, 2012
The Newport Aquatic Center men's lightweight four-plus coxswain crew advanced to the USRowing National Youth Championship with a second-place finish over the weekend at the Southwest District Junior Championship Regatta. Rowers Chase Roosin, Colin Johnson, Brandon Metzger, Jacob Studer and coxswain Jono Keedy covered the 2000-meter course in 6 minutes, 45:30 seconds, trailing only the boat from the Northern California crew club out of Menlo Park. The national championships will be held June 9 and 10 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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