Ocean Blvd. Home Will Go Back to Coastal Commission; Plans Remove Elevator, Add Funicular

posted: March 25th, 2013 11:12 am | 0No Comments

More than two years after the California Coastal Commission denied an Ocean Boulevard couple permission to build a four-story home with an elevator and tunnel, new plans will be considered at the Commission’s April meeting, according to an online agenda.

Originally, the proposed home at 3225 Ocean Boulevard was 4,715-square feet on four stories, with a 1,084-square-foot garage below, connected by a tunnel and elevator. The Coastal Commission denied approval in January 2011, with some commissioners expressing concern over the “landform alteration” because construction included a 46-foot wide by 37-foot deep by 19-foot high notch excavation into the bluff face; read our story here.

The new plans would replace the existing home with a 3,880-square-foot, three-level home, according to a Coastal Commission staff report. The detached garage would be 914 square feet at the toe of the bluff, but the elevator and tunnel plans have been scratched. Instead, an existing wooden stairway that connects the home to the garage would be replaced with a new stairway and a funicular that would provide handicap access between the garage and home, the report states. The new plan would include 369 cubic yards of cut, the report states.

Three months after the Coastal Commission’s denial, the homeowners, Chris and Felicia Evensen, appealed, but the commissioners voted not to reconsider the plans.

The homeowners and architect Brion Jeannette then redesigned the home. In September 2012, the Newport Beach Planning Commission approved the new plans in a 10-minute hearing; read our earlier stories here and here. At the time, Jeannette said he’d been working closely with Coastal Commission staff and was confident the new plans would be approved.

The Coastal Commission staff is recommending approval with conditions of the new project, according to the staff report. The meeting will be held April 10 at the El Capitan Canyon Resort in Santa Barbara. The public may attend and make comments, and the meeting also will be streamed live on the Coastal Commission’s website.

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