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By Betty Hill, Lester Hill, Sandie Iverson and Carl Iverson; Dana Point/Capistrano Beach
The approved Town Center Plan envisions creating pedestrian friendly shops and restaurants in a small town, village atmosphere. Unfortunately, the approval of the Majestic Housing and Development four-story, 109-unit condominium project in Town Center indicates that the city is willing to circumvent the well thought out requirements and intent of the Town Center Plan to rush development.
Dana Point taxpayers need to know whether the $20 million of their money that is being appropriated from the city’s reserves to promote the Town Center Plan will result instead in condo/apartment projects for primarily residential usage, like Majestic’s.
These projects are profitable for developers and Town Center property owners but will add to the already existing construction problems, traffic issues and inadequate public parking. Businesses will continue to suffer and the desired character of Town Center, attractive to residents and visitors, will be compromised.
Continuing to rush the revitalization of Town Center by ignoring critical issues and without following the approved city plan is irresponsible and unfair to taxpayers. Dana Point residents and the business community deserve to be told whether development of Town Center per the Town Center Plan is fact or fiction.
As members of Dana Point Residents for Responsible Development, also known as DPRRD, we invite you to visit us online at www.facebook.com/danapointresidents for more information.