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Signage for the Dana Point Town Center was installed at the southern intersection of Del Prado Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Photo by Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis

The Dana Point City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the coastal development permit allowing changes to be made to the street and landscape improvement plans of the Town Center project, expected to save the project $1.7 million.

The council originally approved the permit in January to reshape Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado Avenue streetscapes, providing for a pedestrian friendly, downtown corridor.

After the February adoption of a phased construction approach, to be completed in conjunction with the South Coast Water District, city staff reviewed engineering plans and made changes to the Del Prado portion of the project, including decreased sidewalk width, smaller planters and the addition of planter medians.

With the changes comes a reduction in the demolition work now needed, which could cut one month off construction time, said Brad Fowler, director of public works.

SCWD is expected to break ground on underground utility improvements along Pacific Coast Highway this fall, with city street level work aimed to begin in January 2014.

The City Council also approved an agreement to reimburse SCWD an estimated $700,000 for Town Center storm-drain improvements. According to a staff report, the underground drainage system falls under the city’s obligation to complete, but SCWD has agreed to construct the drains during its utility work to cut time and save money.

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  • Hmm. I’m skeptical, because who knows what compromises might have been made in order to get those items into the original agreement in the first place. Is everybody on board with these changes?

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