Watch: the Village Entrance Project Overview Video
New sidewalks installed in front of Art-A-Fair in October now open for pedestrian use
City Council Approves Decorative Channel Fence
On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, the City Council chose a channel fence design to replace the chain link fence with decorative fencing as part of the Village Entrance Project. The fence lines the County of Orange channel, which runs through the project area adjacent to the intersection of Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue.
The option chosen by the City Council (option 2A) is 5’ high with 5” adobe colored concrete posts and brown pickets made of pre-galvanized tubular steel. The fence option has a longevity of over 25 years and is low maintenance, requiring only touch-up painting and some rail replacement every 5 years. As part of the fence design approval, the City Council also authorized the City enter into agreements with the County of Orange for the fence maintenance and cost sharing and accept a $45,000 contribution from the County toward the cost of the fence.
Parking Lot 10 History
On November 12, 2013, the City Council decided to abandon a project to build a $42 million four-level parking structure at the Village Entrance site and instead chose a design that provides for surface parking, pedestrian pathways, enhanced landscaping and lighting, and improved traffic circulation.
As part of this decision, the City Council decided to acquire a property adjacent to the project, positioned for development, and commonly known as Parking Lot 10, or the Christmas Tree Lot (725 Laguna Canyon Road). The lot was specifically acquired by the City Council to offset the anticipated loss of surface parking spaces resulting from the new design approach for the Village Entrance.
The current project design was then approved in January 2018 after 16 public meetings over the last five years and the appeal period concluded in February 2018. Construction has started and will be complete in about two years, with the project being open for parking during the intervening summer seasons. The current project costs $11.1 million, which is a substantial reduction from the $42 million cost of the parking structure alternative.
Before and After Project Renderings:
October Project Achievements
- Replaced sidewalk between Lot 10 and Laguna Canyon Frontage Road
- Completed grading and preparatory work for Lot 10
- Began hardscape improvements for Lot 10 including curbs, gutters, permeable subgrade and decorative pavers
- Began storm drain, water quality basin and irrigation improvements for Lot 10
- Obtained City Council approval for alternative decorative channel fence
November Project Schedule:
- Move temporary walkway along Laguna Canyon Road from parking lane to behind curb between Lot 10 and traffic signal
- Complete hardscape for Lot 10, including curbs, gutters, permeable subgrade and decorative pavers
- Complete storm drain, water quality basin and irrigation improvements for Lot 10
- Drill and install caisson foundations for new bridges
- Install sidewalks between Lot 10 and Lot 11