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By Alan Blank | August 29, 2008
Costa Mesa’s City Council wants developments that let residents live where they work. Fullerton has them. Both cities say they are trying to use the developments to liven up their downtown neighborhoods, decrease commuter traffic and build up districts with heavy foot traffic. In many ways, the two cities’ initiatives appear to be headed in the same direction, with Fullerton having a few-year head start on Costa Mesa. Since it put up two live/work developments — SoCo Walk and Amerige Heights — Fullerton has had a chance to see some of the things that make for a successful or unsuccessful live/work project.
By Alan Blank | July 16, 2008
Getting more people on the Westside to buy homes instead of renting has been a top priority for city officials, but they have experienced a setback in achieving that goal. The Costa Mesa City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow a developer planning to build 151 condominiums to rent them instead of selling them, departing from an initial agreement between the city and the developer requiring the units to be owner-occupied. Nexus Development Corporation, which already owns the parcel of Westside land on which the company plans to build the condos, pleaded with the council that it could not possibly finance the project if it were forced to sell the units because of the housing slump.
By Trevor Murphy/Community Correspondent | May 13, 2008
      On Saturday, May 10th, the Save Our Youth (SOY) Center hosted the 2nd Annual Westside Classic Basketball Tournament.  Sixteen teams comprised of over 100 basketball players came to play 5 on 5, black top, full court basketball at Rea Elementary. All teams were assigned a different country to simulate a World Cup format. In the end, Team Mexico defeated Team Brazil in the final. The purpose of the event was to showcase the sport of basketball in Costa Mesa’s Westside community and promote community health and fitness.
By Michael Miller | March 28, 2008
They’re clean, compact, equipped with yards, made with sustainable materials and a few minutes’ walk from Triangle Square and other shopping centers. They’re also, as far as the landlords are concerned, two of the best deals in town — and they’re still awaiting those two elusive takers after months on the market. Bettershelter, a Costa Mesa developer dedicated to building affordable housing, opened the 1.7 Ocean condominium complex last summer on the Westside to help revitalize a sometimes blighted area.
By Chris Caesar and Brianna Bailey | March 6, 2008
While Jello Biafra and other punk legends have expressed their condolences over the death of local punk icon and club owner Mike Conley, the late singer also received a eulogy from an unusual source: the Costa Mesa City Council. Following his days as an anti-authority punk rocker, Conley settled down in Costa Mesa and opened the Avalon Bar on the city’s Westside — from there, the council members said, he became a passionate and impressive advocate for rehabilitating the area.
By Chris Caesar | February 25, 2008
The Costa Mesa City Council took another step toward acquiring property at 523 Hamilton St., though much to the chagrin of some residents, the status of a popular community garden there remains unclear. The city has been in talks with local developers Red Mountain Retail Group to purchase the land, which is bordered on all sides by property held by the group, since July. Mayor Eric Bever has expressed hope that the developer’s plans, which may include a Walgreens and several condos, will improve the parcel’s Westside neighborhood.
By Michael Miller | February 6, 2008
It’s been a tough few months for Orange County homeowners, and no area is feeling the brunt worse than the Westside of Costa Mesa. The 92626 zip code, which comprises the western end of the city, had the biggest increase in foreclosures last quarter of any zip code in the county, according to the statistical firm DataQuick. (The neighborhood commonly referred to as the Westside falls under the 92627 ZIP code.) The area posted only a single foreclosure in the fourth quarter of 2006, but that number rose to a whopping 29 in the fourth quarter of 2007 — leading Orange County with a 2,800% increase.
November 5, 2007
Westside development begins pre-sales for units Pacifica, a luxury condominium complex that seeks to revitalize part of Costa Mesa?s Westside, has started pre-sales for the first set of units it plans to open in February. The 145-unit complex at 1901 Newport Blvd., which resides between Triangle Square and the 55 Freeway, offers prices beginning upward of $500,000. In addition to living spaces, the property features a spa, a fitness center and poolside cabanas. ?This is the beginning of an urban renaissance for which Costa Mesa and Orange County have been waiting,?
By Michael Miller | November 2, 2007
COSTA MESA — Eric Nelson never forgot the shock he felt upon moving to the Westside in the mid-1990s. The Irvine native had grown up in a well-off suburb, and when he rented his first apartment after high school, he had to deal for the first time with vagrants, fenced lawns and trash dumped on the pavement. Now, Nelson, the vice president of entitlements for the Red Mountain Retail Group, has returned to the intersection where he used to live — but not as a resident.
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