October 23, 2006
When Costa Mesa officials break ground today for a $27-million renovation and expansion of the city's central police station, they'll be embarking on the first major change to the facility since it was built nearly 40 years ago. What's changed since the station opened at the Fair Drive civic center in 1967? Nearly everything. When the facility was built, the Costa Mesa Police Department had 132 full- and part-time employees, said Capt. Tom Warnack, who has headed the facility expansion project for about three months.
May 4, 2012
Sage Hill School's Ramer Field is getting a makeover, thanks to Gary and Lisa Jabara and their family. The Jabara family has donated more than $1 million to renovate Ramer Field, including new artificial turf and a new running track, which will benefit the football, boys' and girls' soccer, lacrosse and track and field programs. "Sage Hill School offers a world-class educational experience that enriches the lives of all Sage Hill students," Lisa Jabara said in a press release.
February 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — Members of a national restaurant association combined their industry savvy to give a Costa Mesa soup kitchen one big treat: a $100,000 makeover. Volunteers from the Restaurant Facility Management Assn. renovated Someone Cares Soup Kitchen on 19th Street. They knocked down walls, converted an old freezer into a walk-in refrigerator, created a new storage area, installed an ice machine and dishwasher, replaced ceiling tiles and added stainless steel prep tables.
August 26, 2009
Newport Beach Plaza celebrated a new beginning Wednesday, as city officials and others gathered for a ribbon-cutting and reception in honor of the retirement community’s $1-million renovation. The facility at 1455 Superior Ave. recently finished a new garden terrace, dining room, carpeting and more. The changes marked Newport Beach Plaza’s first extensive renovation in 10 years. Sue Fractman, a community resource representative for the plaza, said residents had warmed up to the new grounds already.
August 2, 2001
Coco's Bakery Restaurant at 3446 E. Coast Highway in Corona del Mar has temporarily closed for remodeling but will reopen later this month. A three-day grand reopening is scheduled and will include special promotions and entertainment. The renovation will add the Corona del Mar banquet room, able to sit 40 and allow for meeting space, and a 20-foot stone tower at the entrance. The Coco's renovation comes at a time when the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District is working toward completing Vision 2004, a plan designed for and by the Corona del Mar Residents Assn.
November 7, 2000
It was not the end of an era, but the beginning of a new one Monday as part of the historic Balboa Bay Club was demolished as part of a much-needed renovation project. The Bay Club, which opened in 1948 and was made famous by its movie star patrons, will see changes to more than just its image. Bulldozers rolled into the building to begin construction that will open parts of the swanky club -- once frequented by Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart -- to the public.
December 10, 1999
Stephanie Sortijas COSTA MESA -- Most people may not have noticed, but parishioners of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant have congregated at the same Fairview Road location since 1962. However, Pastor Tim McCalmont says that for a change, the church itself has received the most attention lately. The church recently kicked off a renovation project, erecting a sign that reads "We're building a church to welcome you -- programs and worship ongoing during construction" in front of the building.
March 3, 2002
-- Lolita Harper A former UC Irvine official, who alleged the school wrongfully terminated him, won a $132,000 settlement Thursday. Larry Givens, who was the assistant vice chancellor of facilities management at UCI, claimed the school fired him after he refused to approve funding of the Village Theater renovation project. Givens disagreed that $1 million in deferred maintenance funding could be legally spent on the fine arts theater project. He filed a whistle-blower report and was subsequently fired, he claimed.