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By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 12, 2014
A developer is ready to go ahead with construction of its hotel on a portion of the long-awaited Pacific City project on Pacific Coast Highway. The Huntington Beach Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 on Tuesday, with Commissioner Bob Dingwall dissenting and Commissioner Mark Bixby abstaining, to approve minor adjustments to the plans for the eight-story hotel, including adding tandem valet spaces in its underground parking garage and adjusting the...
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August 15, 2012
Pacific City, LEED, Little League, Angela Rocco DeCarlo, Paul Cross, Makar Development Now that the dormant Pacific City project on Pacific Coast Highway is showing signs of life, it is all but certain that a prior $20-million promise of Pacific City for funding of a new senior center will not come to fruition. It should not be forgotten that Makar, the former owner of Pacific City, expended a considerable amount on non-LEED-certified design and engineering studies for the center.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 3, 2013
One of the owners of the Huntington Beach shopping mall Bella Terra told council members Monday that his group could turn the fabled Pacific City project into reality in a matter of two years. Lindsay Parton, president of DJM Development Partners, showed conceptual art of what the retail portion of the proposed project, incorporating around 40 clothing stores and 20 restaurants on 31 acres, could look like. Potential retail clients for the outdoor shopping area - to be located near First Street and Pacific Coast Highway - include the Equinox fitness club and Apple store, Parton said.
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By Michael Miller | November 16, 2011
A new developer has taken over Pacific City, the long-delayed project that seeks to bring a hotel, condominiums and businesses to an approximately 30-acre parcel near by downtown Huntington Beach. Crescent Heights, a Florida-based company that has overseen residences, hotels, office space and rental properties nationwide, took the helm of the project about three months ago from San Francisco-based Farallon Capital Management, according to spokesman Steve Afriat. Afriat said Crescent Heights, one of the partners in an entity called 21002 HB, LLC, is running numbers on the project and determining if it wants to make changes to the original proposal.
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By Andrew Shortall | December 4, 2012
A developer with local ties will try to make a long-delayed project - which eventually would bring condominiums, businesses and a hotel to downtown Huntington Beach - a reality. DJM Capital Partners announced in a press release last week that it purchased about 11 acres of the vacant 31-acre site designated for the Pacific City project. It will be the fourth developer to become involved in the project in the last eight years. Pacific City seeks to bring 516 residential units, shops, restaurants and an eight-story hotel to the site downtown on Pacific Coast Highway between First and Huntington streets.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 18, 2013
The long-awaited Pacific City development in Huntington Beach cleared a small hurdle Monday. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the plans for parking at the outdoor shopping center proposed for First Street and Pacific Coast Highway, though with an adjustment to the hours of operation for restaurants and bars. The item passed on the condition that restaurants and bars up to 27,000 square feet would be allowed to stay open until 2 a.m., and larger establishments would have to close at midnight.
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By Michael Miller | November 30, 2011
Huntington Beach's long-anticipated new senior center may finally come to fruition now that a new developer has taken over the Pacific City project. Crescent Heights, a Florida-based company that replaced Pacific City's previous developer this summer, is on board to pay about $22 million for the construction of a senior facility in Huntington Central Park, city and company officials said. The City Council approved Pacific City, which would feature a hotel, condominiums and businesses on a 30-acre parcel, in 2004.
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By Michael Miller | July 11, 2012
For years, it was the most famous not-quite-existent sum of money in Huntington Beach: the $22 million proposed to help build the new senior center in Huntington Central Park. Now, that sum has been considerably downsized - and possibly the senior center along with it, according to city officials. City Manager Fred Wilson said the planned Pacific City project, which was expected to provide the $22 million through an agreement worked out under its original developer, is now slated to pay about $7 million in park fees.
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By Chris Epting | March 12, 2013
I will never forget, several years ago, when a friend directed me down to the beach adjacent to about Ninth Street to discover a vital piece of Huntington Beach history. There, embedded in the ground, are remnants of the old train tracks that supported the Pacific Electric Red Cars that started running here more than 100 years ago. My son Charles, a USC sophomore who is working on his first history book (which comes out later this year) had an idea recently based on the Red Car trains.
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December 2, 1999
jerry person The city will celebrate its 90th birthday with a dedication of the SeaCliff murals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Civic Center. The Huntington Beach Concert Band will provide some musical moments. In honor of Surf City's birthday, we'll take a look back at the early days of our history. We'll begin with the first decade of the 20th century, and the biggest event, the founding of a town that would evolve into Huntington Beach and its incorporation later as a city.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 12, 2014
A developer is ready to go ahead with construction of its hotel on a portion of the long-awaited Pacific City project on Pacific Coast Highway. The Huntington Beach Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 on Tuesday, with Commissioner Bob Dingwall dissenting and Commissioner Mark Bixby abstaining, to approve minor adjustments to the plans for the eight-story hotel, including adding tandem valet spaces in its underground parking garage and adjusting the...
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | September 18, 2013
The long-awaited Pacific City development in Huntington Beach cleared a small hurdle Monday. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the plans for parking at the outdoor shopping center proposed for First Street and Pacific Coast Highway, though with an adjustment to the hours of operation for restaurants and bars. The item passed on the condition that restaurants and bars up to 27,000 square feet would be allowed to stay open until 2 a.m., and larger establishments would have to close at midnight.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 3, 2013
One of the owners of the Huntington Beach shopping mall Bella Terra told council members Monday that his group could turn the fabled Pacific City project into reality in a matter of two years. Lindsay Parton, president of DJM Development Partners, showed conceptual art of what the retail portion of the proposed project, incorporating around 40 clothing stores and 20 restaurants on 31 acres, could look like. Potential retail clients for the outdoor shopping area - to be located near First Street and Pacific Coast Highway - include the Equinox fitness club and Apple store, Parton said.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 3, 2013
Plans for a long-awaited new senior center that have been in limbo for nearly a decade were dusted off Monday as Huntington Beach council members and city staff discussed ways to move forward and get the project done. The council awarded contracts to four design firms to look separately at architecture, civil engineering, traffic modeling and construction. It had already set aside $300,000 to fund the contracts. Sources of funding remained the topic of conversation during the study session; the city expects construction of the facility to cost the city $15 million.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | June 28, 2013
Huntington Beach City Council members are looking at a stacked agenda on Monday, including a talk about the long-awaited senior center. Officials last discussed the proposed facility at Huntington Central Park during a special meeting on Jan. 25, listening to residents' suggestions on the location of the center. The topic comes back to the table on July 1 during a study session at City Hall. "I've been waiting for this for seven years," Councilman Joe Carchio said Friday. "This is probably the biggest disservice we've ever done to any of our citizens in Huntington Beach.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | May 21, 2013
A handful of Huntington Beach residents told council members Monday that they're fed up of waiting for a new senior center. The proposed facility at Huntington Central Park that was approved in 2006 and planned to be complete in 2009 has yet to break ground after years of lawsuits and the loss of funding. A group of residents aired their complaints about the Rodgers Seniors' Center at 17th Street and Orange Avenue, saying that the facility is falling apart and is doing more harm than good to its patrons.
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March 14, 2013
A series of photos in The Independent shows a sad state of disrepair in the existing Huntington Beach Senior Center.  I'm certain that they engender a feeling of sympathy for the plight of seniors who use its services. This may be exactly what the current management of the center intends. If managers show the bad conditions, the hope may be that readers will be swayed to support the building of a new center.  "Oh no!" you may say. "That's a cynical outlook!" But if this is not the case, then the only possible alternative explanation is that the existing facility is being so poorly managed that it is indeed falling apart.  Is it in the best interest of Huntington Beach to allow an expensive new center to be built, helping to remove forever our few remaining green spaces, only to have the same fate befall it?
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By Chris Epting | March 12, 2013
I will never forget, several years ago, when a friend directed me down to the beach adjacent to about Ninth Street to discover a vital piece of Huntington Beach history. There, embedded in the ground, are remnants of the old train tracks that supported the Pacific Electric Red Cars that started running here more than 100 years ago. My son Charles, a USC sophomore who is working on his first history book (which comes out later this year) had an idea recently based on the Red Car trains.
NEWS
March 4, 2013
We all give lip service to caring for our elderly. We talk about how much they should be cherished and how much they have to share with us. We also know that talk is cheap. What's expensive are construction costs and legal fees — and that's what's stopping Huntington Beach from taking proper care of our seniors. It only gets worse when you throw in years of court proceedings. The Huntington Beach Senior Center is at Orange and 17th streets. In reporting a recent article, we found that the tiles are falling down, the ceiling leaks when it rains and the toilets don't flush without coaxing.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 26, 2013
In one room, they're playing cards. In another, they're learning different painting techniques. Sometimes they just sit around and chat. But whatever these senior Huntington Beach residents are doing at the Rodgers Seniors' Center, one thought looms in most of their minds: when will a new senior center be built? "It's been promised so much in the past and it should have been completed by 2009," said Pat Masino, the kitchen supervisor at Rodgers Seniors' Center. "If it happens, it happens.
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