The Proposed Koll Center Residences Condo Towers
The proposed project by the developers Shopoff Group and Koll Company is a mixed-use infill development that includes 260 condominiums, 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail uses, a 1.17-acre public park; a freestanding parking structure; lighting, landscaping, and pedestrian improvements; utility improvements; and the reconfiguration of existing surface parking.
The 260 luxury condominium dwelling units would be in three, 13-story buildings with a maximum building height of 160 feet. The buildings would have two levels of above-grade and two to three levels of below-grade structured parking. The public park would be located adjacent to Birch Street.
The site is approximately 13.16 acres and is currently developed with surface parking lots and common landscape areas for Koll Center Newport. The irregularly-shaped site is generally bordered by Birch Street to the northeast, Von Karman Avenue to the west, and existing office uses and associated surface parking lots and garages to the east and south.
In 2010, The City of Newport Beach approved a broad “integrated conceptual development plan” for about 1,500 homes, parks and some retail stores in the airport area. The plan brought about what is now Uptown Newport, also a Shopoff project, and the proposed Koll Center condo tower.
Implementation of the project would require the demolition of existing surface parking and landscaping within the project site. Residential parking would be provided on site in the residential building parking structures. Parking for the public park and retail uses would be provided on site within reconfigured surface parking areas. Office parking removed during construction of the project would be provided in a new free-standing parking structure, within one of the proposed residential buildings, and in reconfigured surface parking areas.
While many see this project as a positive boost to the area and much needed housing in an ever expanding city, there is also some very strong opposition to such a large project in Newport Beach. Protect Newport Beach is a coalition trying to gain support from the community to stop this project through awareness, involvement, and public comments to the Planning Commission and the City Council. To learn more about the opposition please visit: www.protectnb.org