The Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Report is now available for public review and comment pursuant to CEQA. The City requests your careful review and consideration of this notice, and it invites input and comments from reviewing agencies and other interested parties regarding preparation of the Draft EIR. Pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 21091 and CEQA Guidelines Section 15105, agencies must submit any comments in response to this notice no later than 45 days after receipt of this notice. The City accepted comments regarding this notice during the public comment period, which was from Friday, November 30, 2018 through Monday, January 14, 2019.
The approximately 5.69‐acre project site known as MacArthur Square is in the northern end of the City and includes the following addresses: 1701 Corinthian Way; 1660 Dove Street; 4251, 4253, 4255 Martingale Way; and 4200, 4220, & 4250 Scott Drive (Assessor Parcel Numbers [APN] 427‐172‐02, 03, and 06). The project site is in the City’s “Airport Area” planning subarea, which is bounded by Campus Drive to the north and west, SR‐73 to the south, and Jamboree Road to the east. Within the Airport Area are established planned community development plans. The project site is in the Newport Place Planned Community. The site is generally bounded by Corinthian Way to the northeast, Martingale Way to the east, Scott Drive to the northwest, and Dove Street to the southwest. The site is approximately 0.2 mile east of John Wayne Airport.
The project site is currently improved with the MacArthur Square shopping center, which consists of approximately 58,277 square feet of existing buildings, surface parking, and hardscape and landscape improvements. Upon demolition and clearing, the project site would be redeveloped with the Project. The Project consists of the development of a multistory building that would house 350 apartment units, 2,000 square feet of “casual‐dining” restaurant space, and 5,500 square feet of retail space. Centrally located within the multi-story building is a six‐level, five‐story parking structure (one semi‐subterranean level). Of the Project’s 350 apartment units, 259 are considered “base” units, 91 are “density bonus” units, and 78 are proposed to be reserved for lower‐income households. The residential base units are calculated at 50 dwelling units per acre. The project also includes development and dedication of a 0.5‐acre public park, which would be available to the future project residents, as well as the general public. Project residents and their guests would also have access to a number of onsite private amenities, recreation and entertainment areas and services, including various courtyards, a rooftop terrace, and a view deck. A commercial/retail plaza would provide a social hub surrounding the ground‐level retail and restaurant uses with fire pits, soft furniture, landscaping, and festival lighting.
Project development requires the following discretionary actions and approvals from the City: Lot Line Adjustment No. LA2018‐004; Affordable Housing Implementation Plan No. AH2018‐001; and Site Development Review No. SD2017‐004.
If you need further information, please contact:
Jaime Murillo, senior planner
City of Newport Beach
Community Development Department
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, California 92660