The $140 million Harbor revitalization project has been in the works for decades and after 15 years the county’s plans for land and waterside improvements in the Dana Point Harbor may finally be a reality. Originally opened in 1971 when the population of Orange County was just over 1.4 million compared to the 2010 census of over 3 million residents.
The revitalization projects was designed by MVE Institutional, Inc, and construction is anticipated to begin by early 2015. Project Dimensions, Inc. located in Irvine CA , is the project manager on the project and has been closely involved since 2003.
The 34 acre project encompasses the revitalization of the Dana Point Harbor Commercial Core. Currently containing the majority of the day-use commercial, restaurant and marine services amenities are located in the Harbor. The plans will provide for the replacement and/or remodel of all existing retail and restaurant buildings in the eastern portion of the Harbor and the construction of an additional 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses. The plan will also provide an additional 825 public parking spaces and a new 55,000 sq.ft. dry boat storage facility.
Buildings along the fleet docks will be renovated and a two-level parking deck is slated—for the area now housing dry boat storage—to accommodate visitor needs. The landside project also includes a 35,000-square-foot waterfront park meant to be utilized as community gathering space.
This is truly good news for such a popular and busy harbor that is a host to The Festival of Whales, The Tall Ships Festival, The Jazz and Blues Festival, any many more activities that have attracted tourists and residents to Dana Point for over 40 years!