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July 10, 2007
A new green building incentive plan and the third year of a successful home remodeling program could cost the city of Costa Mesa more than $500,000, but they could generate new investment in the city. The City Council will discuss the programs today at a study session. The remodeling program includes waivers of building fees and a speedier approval process for home remodeling plans, and was a huge success in 2005 and 2006. Under the green building program, the city would build any new municipal facilities to meet standards of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
July 16, 2005
Alicia Robinson A pilot program encouraging homeowners to remodel could mean that the city of Costa Mesa will sacrifice more than $58,000 in fees over three months. But officials expect it to significantly boost the city's real estate values. After agreeing in March to an ambitious slate of plans to remake the city's largely industrial Westside, the Costa Mesa City Council is turning its attention to residential neighborhoods. The council on Tuesday will consider a program that would waive various construction permit fees, accelerate the remodeling plan approval process, and exempt illegally built improvements from a penalty.
March 5, 2006
Anyone who has ever done any remodeling knows it can be compared, in many ways, with giving birth. Once it is finished and over with, the pain and the agony and the screaming are forgotten because the outcome is so beautiful. Naturally, a living, unique child cannot be compared with a new kitchen or a redecorated bedroom. Still, remodeling has its own agonies and, eventually, its lovely results. In fact, an overwhelming majority of first-time remodelers are actually willing to do it again.
By By Chris Yemma | October 21, 2005
remodel university comes to mvRemodeling University comes to Mesa Verde Country Club to show golf course decision-makers how to properly undertake a redesign.Like an old house in need of renovation, or a car that needs some work done, so too do golf courses need a little work. But at what point does a course need to be remodeled? When does a bunker need to be moved further back on the fairway? How often do the tee boxes need to be refurbished? And most importantly, how much does it all cost?
August 29, 2006
John Wayne offers tips to Labor Day travelers As the busy Labor Day weekend approaches, John Wayne Airport officials are reminding travelers to prepare themselves for new security guidelines while operating at the orange alert level. More than 93,000 passengers passed through John Wayne during last year's Friday through Monday holiday weekend. This year, passenger numbers are expected to be similar to last year, according to Jenny Wedge, spokeswoman for the airport. By knowing what is allowed onboard the plane and what to expect at the airport, passengers should be well equipped for a smooth airport visit, officials said.
December 10, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Tenants at Hillgren Square are starting to breath easier as the scaffolding around the remodeled center comes down and business starts to pick up. The East 17th Street square, which includes Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, Garduno's Express Cuisine and Culinary Wraps, underwent a $12-million face-lift this summer that is nearing completion. Plans for the center included gabled slate roofs, pitched copper-clad steeples, repaved and re-striped parking areas, a promenade, colorful awnings and landscaping.
January 14, 2002
-- Compiled by Lolita Harper CAR CANOPIES The Planning Commission tonight will review changes to the city's ordinance regarding automobile canopies at car dealerships, car washes and in residential driveways. WHAT IT MEANS The law was changed so it falls in line with the city's sign ordinance, which says banners should not be torn, dirty or faded. WHAT TO EXPECT The Planning Commission is expected to recommend the City Council adopt the ordinance.
August 8, 2000
Danette Goulet BALBOA ISLAND -- If you gotta go, you can still go -- at least until September, when the restrooms go. The remodeling of the decaying public bathrooms -- described by one city official as resembling "a prison structure" -- near the Balboa Island Ferry landing has been delayed again. The move will keep tourists from experiencing extra pressures during the height of this summer season. After the Newport Beach city manager's office received an influx of letters last week criticizing the timing of the remodeling -- scheduled for Aug. 14 through Sept.
December 10, 2007
Land Rover Newport Beach to expand its inventory Land Rover Newport Beach plans to remodel its facility on Jamboree Road and expand its inventory next year, adding Aston Martins and Jaguars to its luxury selection. The dealership, which sells exclusively Land Rovers, began remodeling in December 2006 and expects to have its new showroom completed the first week of January, with a grand opening set to follow in March. The renovated showroom will feature four 50-inch flat-screen televisions, coffee bars and a children?
April 20, 2004
Sue Clark When I'm truly starving, I go to Ruby's on 17th Street in Costa Mesa for the burger/salad/fries dinner with a shake. I chow it down to the last crumb and feel satiated for days. This time, as I entered the restaurant, I ran into Pilot Forum Page Editor Lolita Harper and her son, Donovan, walking to their car. I am usually an extravert but I was struck suddenly shy to see her in person. We usually communicate via e-mail, or, in an emergency (meaning I don't have a commentary ready)
By Jill Cowan | March 28, 2014
The graceful curve of a long seaglass blue countertop greeted visitors Wednesday night as they passed through the airy new lobby of Hoag Health Center in Huntington Beach. Many continued on - champagne flutes and wine glasses in hand - to tour the facility's state-of-the-art imaging center, pausing to inspect a giant CT scanner or exam rooms. But Hoag officials said the front counter in some ways best symbolizes the newly redesigned facility's ethos. "We tried to make the whole building more open and integrated," said Dominic Shields, Hoag's strategic planning manager.
By Hannah Fry | September 10, 2013
Corona del Mar High School parents have transformed what once was an uninviting information center into a brightly decorated hangout for students. The school's booster club, fundraising Corona del Mar High School Foundation and Parent-Teacher Assn. funded the $130,000 remodel, which took about three weeks over the summer to complete, in hopes that students will utilize the space for projects, homework and college application assistance, said Jane Jones, co-chairwoman of the foundation.
By Jill Cowan | November 24, 2012
Newport Beach's Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian this week opened an extensively remodeled Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute, which boasts about 34,650 square feet of some of the area's most advanced cardiovascular services, a news release said. The institute includes the region's first electrophysiology catheterization lab suite, hybrid cardiovascular surgical suite, 27 pre- and post-procedure beds, new lobby, conference room, and monument space for community members who have donated to the institute.
By Andrew Shortall | November 15, 2012
A familiar face's makeover was revealed Thursday when the newly redesigned McDonald's at 3141 Harbor Blvd. held its ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremony after being shut down for four months. The ceremonyofficially wrapped up a remodeling process that began when the building was torn down in July, rebuilt from the ground up, and reopened on Oct. 25. "It's warm, bright and inviting - that's kind of the idea," said Terry Solon, the owner and operator of this restaurant and three other McDonald's restaurants through his business, Solon Management.
June 8, 2012
Boudin Bakery at Metro Pointe at South Coast is reopening with a newly remodeled kitchen allowing for an expanded breakfast menu, according to a company spokeswoman. The San Francisco-based bakery and cafe, which closed March 26, will reopen June 26, said Dave Wolfgram, CEO of Boudin. The first 100 customers will receive a year's worth of free bread loaves — one fresh-baked loaf a day. The event will also coincide with a fundraiser benefiting Share Our Selves, with bakery patrons encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Costa Mesa-based charity.
By Sarah Peters | January 2, 2012
COSTA MESA - Dieters will have to look elsewhere for excuses not to follow through on their New Year's weight-loss resolutions with the reopening of 24 Hour Fitness on 19th Street. The members-only club closed Dec. 9 and reopened Thursday after undergoing a remodel to the exercise rooms, pool and locker room areas and various enhancements, including new cardio-training equipment and fresh paint. Club employees stood at the registration desk, welcoming members back by name as they signed in for the first time in three weeks.
December 15, 2011
The remodeled Island Cinema at Fashion Island will open to the general public Friday with a 12:30 p.m. screening of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. " The Irvine Co.-owned, seven-screen theater complex now features state-of-the-art technology, stadium seating, roomy leather seats and the option of in-theater dining, among other amenities, Irvine Co. officials said in a news release. The facility near Nordstrom on the Island Terrace closed a year ago for an overhaul. The project was part of the second phase of the company's upgrade to Fashion Island, said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Erin Freeman.
By Sarah Peters | November 29, 2011
COSTA MESA - Newport Harbor High School students Samantha Small and Olivia Taddeo have always dreamed of meeting an "Angel. " The two fans got their chance Tuesday at the official debut of South Coast Plaza's remolded Victoria's Secret, which featured an appearance by Angel model Miranda Kerr. "We have watched the fashion show every year and even dreamed of being in the show one day," said Samantha, 17. "Everything they make is so beautiful. " As much as the two admire all the models, they agreed that Kerr is their favorite.
By Alisha Gomez, Special to the Daily Pilot | September 24, 2011
The Orange County Fair Board last week approved the first of a four-phase, $18.5-million remodeling project at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Phase 1, which will cost $4.5 million, is set to begin in August 2012 and run through July 2013. Work will be funded with cash reserves the board expects to have at the end of this year. "The board decided it was important to pay with cash as we go," said OC Fair Board Chairman David Ellis. "That may change in the future, but for now, let's get the process started.
By Sarah Peters, | August 8, 2011
COSTA MESA - Hotelier Donald Sodaro ran a successful Holiday Inn in the South Coast Metro area for 10 years before deciding that the market deserved more than just another chain hotel. So he took a risk just as the economy started to decline. In 2008, he discontinued his contract with the franchise hotel chain and launched plans to reopen the facility as an upscale "boutique" hotel. The Hotel Hanford, on Bristol Street near the southbound San Diego Freeway offramp, has 228 rooms and markets itself as an "unexpected boutique experience.
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