Civic group to host Mayor Steven Weinberg at Monday night meeting to discuss newest financial figures surrounding Town Center project
Mayor Steven Weinberg is slated to speak tonight at the Dana Point Community House, at 24624 San Juan Ave., about the latest developments in the city’s Town Center revitalization plans.
The event begins at 6 p.m. and is hosted by the Dana Point Town Center Organization, which was formed earlier this year by local business and property owners, residents, potential developers and city council members who wanted to see the delayed project move forward.
Plans for the largest public works project in the city’s history were approved by the California Coastal Commission seven years ago. But when the economic downturn hit in 2008, the project, to turn Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado Avenue into pedestrian friendly two-way roadways, was shelved.
Over the last six months, the City Council has pushed through plans for a four-phased construction approach to be finished in conjunction with the South Coast Water District.
In May, with the SCWD approving funding for their first and second phases for utility improvements on Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado Avenue, the city approved its two-year fiscal budget, allotting $9.2 million for its end of the project.
But the approved budget did not account for construction costs to complete Del Prado, as the city is expected to rely on developers to help fund its completion. SCWD construction on PCH is expected to begin in September, with the city’s work to start in February 2014.
The organizers of the event have been staunch advocates of the Town Center project, hosting two previous meetings to garner community support. For more on the Dana Point Town Center Organization, go to www.danapointtowncenter.org.