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TOM AND PATRICIA SOUTHERN, San Juan Capistrano

Well, the final phase of the downtown construction is at hand (in San Juan Capistrano). It was, indeed, a transformative project. The beachy, coastal charm of town center was an airy, accessible place of high potential, and is now a claustrophobic canyon of Long Beach-style apartments.

The sheer volume and density of this project will dramatically alter the feel of Dana Point. What could have been a beautiful modern coastal development is instead way too big, lacking in creativity and forever changing our beach town to resemble the I-5 corridor in Mission Viejo. I’m sure the city will make money on this project. Where’s that money going to go? To finally clean Doheny and create a destination worth coming to? To replenish our dwindling beaches?

My take is that the precedence has been established that every property owner in the city center now has the green light to build out to the new envelope and smother this town in concrete. The whole thing is an eyesore. Thanks for nothing.

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