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January 21, 2012
With an $18-million renovation of the Pacific Amphitheatre planned over the next few years at the Orange County Fairgrounds, the public is getting a chance to learn about the first phase this week at an open house. Scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the fairground's administration building off Arlington Drive, Fair Board members will be on hand to meet and answer questions from the public. The board approved the first phase of the project, a $4.5 million improvement, late last year.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
The Orange County Fair Board gave preliminary approval Monday for the next round of renovation work at the Pacific Amphitheatre that includes constructing a second entrance plaza for the concert venue. Rialto-based R.C. Construction Services was chosen for the second-phase of the multimillion-dollar renovation project, which is scheduled to begin at the conclusion of the OC Fair in August. Fairgrounds officials said the adjusted estimated cost to upgrade the venue is now $15.7 million - up from the previously approved $13.8 million estimate - and will include two more restrooms and other additions.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 21, 2008
The show was just getting started at OCC with the opening of the $35-million library in January, school officials said. Up next: a $12-million renovation of the Lewis Center for Applied Sciences set to open in July. The Lewis Center is home to the college’s marine, geology, physics and astronomy programs and has been closed since the fall, said Richard Pagle, vice president of administrative services. The two-story, 30,000 square-foot building will get a little more storage space and a new interior, Pagle said.
NEWS
March 21, 2003
Paul Clinton Leaders of the Greenlight movement praised the Hyatt Newporter's restoration as an ideal example of restrained growth. Hotel managers, during their process, won't be required to seek a public vote on the plan because it doesn't significantly expand the hotel. "That's the kind of development that Greenlight supports," said Phil Arst, the Greenlight spokesman, "upgrading older areas of the city, rather than adding density." The Greenlight initiative, passed in 2000, requires a public vote for large-scale development that either exceeds certain size thresholds or needs an amendment to the city's general plan.
NEWS
May 10, 2005
Michael Miller whose initials, many have joked, stand for "under construction indefinitely" -- has started work on one of its most ambitious renovations to date. This spring, PCL Construction and the Rossetti design firm started work on a massive renovation of the UC Irvine Student Center, which sits across the street from the parking garage on Pereira Drive and acts as a gateway of sorts to the campus. When the finished structure opens in 2007, the center will be expanded to a European-style town square with new restaurants, a marketplace area and a four-story, 169,000-square-foot tower.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | July 12, 2012
The Orange County Fair Preservation Society plans to drop its lawsuit against the Orange County Fairgrounds over a proposed renovation of the Pacific Amphitheatre, a member of the heritage group said Thursday. The society's Sandy Genis said members agreed to abandon the lawsuit challenging the legality of improving and remodeling the concert venue without updated environmental studies if fairgrounds officials agreed to consistently monitor noise levels and provide residents with an open line to voice complaints.
NEWS
July 8, 2004
JOSEPH N. BELL My wife and I have just emerged from a period of cosmetic renovation of our home, and it underscored once again the vast difference in approach to this sort of thing between men and women -- a generalization I believe implicitly and will defend stoutly. I tend to look at our house the same way I regard a very special pair of khaki pants I would probably wear all the time if they didn't have to be washed periodically. They are luxuriously comfortable, the requirement I place the highest.
NEWS
March 20, 2003
Paul Clinton The new owners of the Hyatt Newporter have launched a $14-million renovation of the city's oldest hotel. Sunstone Hotel Investors, based in San Clemente, are fleshing out a plan expected to result in a far-reaching overhaul of the former Newporter Inn, which was built in 1962. Managers at the 403-room resort say the work, which is long overdue, will lift what is now considered a second-tier hotel to a higher level of luxury and comfort in a marketplace that includes the five-star Four Seasons and new Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. The Balboa Bay Club is also set to unveil a revamped hotel in May. "[The renovation]
NEWS
March 31, 2008
The Costa Mesa City Council will likely move forward with the renovation of five alleyways in the city, including a controversial alley between Walnut and Esther streets. That alley, the renovation of which had been challenged by a neighbor whose property abuts it, will move forward after her attempts to rehear the issue failed, said Public Services Director Peter Naghavi. “One resident requested to continue this discussion, but City Council decided not to and we are moving forward with the design,” he said.
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NEWS
November 25, 2013
The neon sign pointing drivers to DivBar from West Coast Highway was on at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, but a chain blocked the driveway. Cars were parked in the small parking lot. A massive banner that read "Closed for Major Renovations" hung in front of the bar's entrance. Inside the restaurant, at 2601 West Coast Highway, an employee who declined to identify himself, confirmed that the tavern is shutting down for "major renovations. " The space appeared largely unstaffed, but the lights were on and music played softly over the sound system.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and This post has been clarified, as noted below. | October 25, 2013
In Newport Beach, where John Wayne was once so present, tiny bits of his legacy may be slipping away. The tennis club Wayne built for his wife has been renamed, and his house on the water has been razed and rebuilt. His boat, the Wild Goose, is still in town but no longer in the family's hands. Now, his namesake bar at the Balboa Bay Resort will soon bear a new name. Plans are underway for the restaurant and lounge, called Duke's Place, to be renamed, reimagined and redesigned.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | September 11, 2013
Costa Mesa officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning for what's being called the largest single street-improvement project in city history. Two lanes of Paularino Avenue between Red Hill and Airway avenues - within earshot of the jet engines at John Wayne Airport - were closed off for the small ceremony, which included a few short remarks, golden shovels and white hard hats. It recognized the beginning of the Airport Area Improvement Project, whose development area is bounded by the 55 Freeway to the west, Airway Avenue to the east, the Masters Circle to the south, and Airport Loop Drive to the north.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | July 31, 2013
Costa Mesa residents can once again peruse the stacks containing titles from "Snoring Beauty" to "War and Peace" at the Donald Dungan Library. The county-run branch, one of three in Costa Mesa, reopened Wednesday morning after a nearly four-month closure for improvements. The library, at 1855 Park Ave., closed in April so that construction crews could replace some of the building's aging and rotting wood beams, as well make the building more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project cost $385,000, with an additional $35,000 for the design plan, said Bob Genzel, a project manager with the county's Community Resources division, which oversees the libraries.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
The Orange County Fair Board gave preliminary approval Monday for the next round of renovation work at the Pacific Amphitheatre that includes constructing a second entrance plaza for the concert venue. Rialto-based R.C. Construction Services was chosen for the second-phase of the multimillion-dollar renovation project, which is scheduled to begin at the conclusion of the OC Fair in August. Fairgrounds officials said the adjusted estimated cost to upgrade the venue is now $15.7 million - up from the previously approved $13.8 million estimate - and will include two more restrooms and other additions.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | June 22, 2013
Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, whose track record includes stints with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, will kick off the Summer Concert Series at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach at 8 p.m. Friday. Known for fusing soul, pop and R&B with rock, McDonald is the headlining artist at the hotel's "ReOpening Night. " Sixteen performances, including Boney James, Jeffrey Osborne, Acoustic Alchemy, and Keiko Matsui and Hiroshima, are in the pipeline through Oct. 18. "The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach puts the Summer Concert Series on each year because we enjoy bringing our guests and locals live music in our Hyatt's Back Bay Amphitheater - a beautiful one-of-a-kind amphitheater that is the perfect intimate venue for guests and locals to enjoy world renowned musicians," General Manager Daniel Kuperschmid said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | May 31, 2013
Nearly a decade after the conclusion of World War II, folks in Orange County decided that a small corner of Costa Mesa should be dedicated to those who didn't make it back home. A 1.4-acre memorial garden - planned in 1953, erected the following year and dedicated to all who served - was built at the Orange County Fairgrounds. In its heyday, the Orange County Memorial Garden had its fair share of plants: weeping willows, jacarandas, hibiscus and the like. The once-quiet garden, though, is long gone, but the former Army barracks next to it - known these days as the Memorial Gardens Building - has been in the area since 1942.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 8, 2013
The first stage of Pacific Amphitheatre's renovation began this week, kicking off a process that officials say ultimately will make the Orange County Fairgrounds venue more intimate. The nearly 3-acre outer berm section of the amphitheater, which crews began excavating Wednesday, is being rebuilt into a more park-like setting that will provide a festival-like space for vendors, and potentially will dissipate much of the noise that has been a long-standing complaint of neighborhoods adjacent to the 150-acre, state-run facility in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | January 24, 2013
One of the more traumatic moments of my life was the night I was ruled too unhip to enter a club. No, it wasn't Studio 54 with its infamous velvet rope - it was a far less prestigious nightclub in England that, nevertheless, scanned me for an instant and turned me away. A group of grad-student friends and I stood in line for nearly half an hour, and when we reached the front, the doorman nodded toward my pale blue jeans and smirked, "Sorry, mate. Can't wear light-colored pants in here.
OCNOW
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | July 16, 2012
The new Port Theater, which has been under renovation for more than a decade, will open to the public on Friday with a showing of the movie “Bernie,” owner Fariborz Maseeh has confirmed. “We now have a theatre again in CDM!” Maseeh said in a statement. “We hope the new Port will offer a unique experience for its patrons across the spectrum of all art and entertainment platforms.” The Port Theater opened in the 1950s with 900 seats. It closed in 1998 and was slated for demolition when it was sold.
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