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Aliso Village Shopping Plaza Will Finally Get a Facelift

The Planning Commission approved a complete remodel for the center that now houses a brand-new Whole Foods Market. The project will take place over the next 36 months.

The Aliso Villlage shopping plaza will finally get a much needed facelift at the corner of La Paz and Aliso Creek roads.

The city of Laguna Niguel Planning Commission approved a complete remodel to the center that now houses a . 

On Tuesday evening, the Commission agreed that with the recent opening of the new Whole Foods Market, the center owner Shapell is looking to revamp the entire shopping complex.

The proposed project asked for a complete storefront remodel to the tenant shops in the center. This remodeling would mean a complete demolition of a number of existing stores on the southwest corner of La Paz and Aliso Creek roads.

The remodeling also calls for a number of aesthetic changes to many of the stores that still exist. Two of the stores will be completly demolished, according to Dan Fox, community development director.

The two suites that will be demolished are 23962 and 23964 Aliso Creek Road to create a pedestrian link and an outdoor courtyard area with patio seating between the center and the adjoining

These two tenant suites total 2,174 square feet in building floor area, he said. One is currently vacant and the other is

The new plans also include adding towers and roofs, as well as better storefront glass to all shops.

The mock-up drawings presented include awnings and new accent lighting, as well as newer concrete walkways for patrons. An outdoor courtyard and an improved parking lot with ADA accessibility is also in the remodel. 

All of these changes are in line with the new Whole Foods store that has brought a new look to the center. A consistent color scheme and a more modern feel will drastically improve the look and overall atmosphere of the Aliso Village plaza, the Commission said.

Planning Commissioner Steve Cienfuegos stated that: “access to the shopping area will now be less crowded and the walkway, complete with tables and chairs will allow for a better community feel.”

Completion of the new store fronts and shopping center remodel will take place over the next 36 months.

"The representative from Shapell indicated that they hope to complete the renovations by second quarter 2013," Fox added.

Tell us in comments if the Planning Commission made the right call.

PJ Samuels June 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Where is bistro anjou's new location going to be?
Debbie L. Sklar June 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM
@PJ: Good question. Patch has a call into the owner.

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