Commission Continues Hearing on Gallo’s Addition, Townhouse Project

posted: December 8th, 2012 12:11 pm | 1Comment

Questions about parking as well as the advisability of adding a second story on top of a building at least three decades old led the Newport Beach Planning Commission this week to postpone a decision on a project at Gallo’s Deli and the adjacent empty lot.

The Corona del Mar Plaza project would add six townhomes with a subterranean garage, a parking lot and a second story on top of Gallo’s at 3900 East Coast Highway.

The townhomes and a parking lot would replace a gravel lot that has traditionally been used only during the holiday season to sell Christmas trees.

However, during a Thursday hearing, commissioners questioned the wisdom of adding a second story to the existing deli, which the applicant said was planned in order to protect the existing food use permit, which dates back to 1975.

The commissioners also questioned plans to allow residents of the townhomes to park in a 10-space lot that also would accommodate deli customers and the new office space.

“I honestly don’t think this project is very well thought out,” said Commissioner Kory Kramer. “I think it’s very problematic. I think the parking issues are problematic.”

The project’s plans would increase on-street parking by three spaces by eliminating curb cuts.

One neighbor spoke at the hearing, saying that at one point, a car spa or a car dealership was considered for the empty lot. Another Corona del Mar resident said the project’s name, Plaza Corona del Mar, was a poor choice because the name is similar to Corona del Mar Plaza, which is used for the shopping center off Avocado Avenue.

In the end, Commission Chairman Michael Toerge moved to continue the hearing until Jan. 3, and the motion passed unanimously. In the meanwhile, Kramer said he would confer with city staff about specific concerns.

Read our earlier stories here and here.

One Response to “Commission Continues Hearing on Gallo’s Addition, Townhouse Project”



December 9th, 2012

Naming the property Plaza Corona del Mar coopts the name of the established and successful property adjacent to the Civic Center and that’s not right. Gallo’s won’t even be a plaza anyway. The second-story add-on of two offices and a shared bathroom on top of the existing building does not create a plaza, at least not according to most definitions of plaza. The townhomes are separate except for parking space bean-counting. Maybe the owner considers his plaza similar to those south of the border where plazas can be geographic areas of influence or control, but that doesn’t make sense, does it? It’s a sandwich shop. I can only guess at the owner’s alternate names for Plaza Corona del Mar. Maybe Gary’s Deli Plaza? Oops, sorry. Plaza Gary’s Deli, but with carry-out beer. Or Public Property Plaza. That’s probably most fitting.

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