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New Place to Live in Laguna Niguel: 'The Career Lofts' at The Gateway

The project includes 142 units to be located in the former Spoons/Black Angus restaurant site on Cabot Road. Construction could begin this year if the Planning Commission approves the project on Tuesday.

It looks like construction could begin this year at a new place for prospective residents of Laguna Niguel to hang a "home-sweet-home sign," if the  approves the plans on Tuesday, June 12.

Called , to be located at the Laguna Niguel Gateway Specific Plan area, it includes 142-units proposed for the former Spoons/Black Angus site at located at 21800 Cabot Road. The project is anticipated to include four stories of residential units over two levels of parking. A total of 97 one-bedroom and 45 two-bedroom units ranging in size from 707 to 1,406 square feet are proposed.

The Gateway Specific project at the corner of Crown Valley Parkway and Forbes Road has been 15 years in the making

The lofts project design includes a contemporary style of architecture and will complement the adjacent 6-story Crown Cabot Financial office building.  A variety of high-quality amenities including a pool/spa, fitness and club house rooms, roof decks, barbecue areas, and other features are included for the residents. 

"This is an exciting project in that it will be the first residential project under the recently approved  and will help start the transformation of the area to a more pedestrian and transit-oriented urban village," said Dan Fox, community development director. "It will also develop a site that has been continually plagued by trespass, vandalism, and graffiti since the former restaurants vacated the site in 1996."

He explained that in November, the Laguna Niguel City Council approved the Gateway Specific Plan to allow for up to 2,994 dwelling units and 2.26 million square feet of retail, office, entertainment, hotel and other non-residential uses in the 315+ acre area in proximity to the Metrolink station. The Specific Plan results in about 28 percent fewer average daily vehicle trips than would have been generated under the previous plans for the area.

In May, the for a jurisdiction with a population under 100,000, by the Orange Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association, a non-profit organization representing over 600 professional planners in southern California devoted to advancing the science of physical, economic, environmental, and social planning at the local, regional, state, and national levels.  

"The applicant has indicated that if they receive approval from the Planning Commission on Tuesday, they are hopeful to start construction later this year," Fox said.

For further details about the project click here.

Barton Mac Leod June 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The gound keeps shifting. Spoons/Black Angus was torn down because their foundations movement. Work crews have been working in this area for years trying to stabilize. Costco spent millions of dollars to save their building and still have issues. Good luck .... 20 years from now this area could be a different zip code.
Blake Driver June 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Wow, these sound really cool. I can't wait to see what else they are going to develop down there.
Sherrie Arra June 11, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Like we really need more congestion in that area!
Frieda Wales June 11, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Ah, I was wondering why that big block of land was empty and shored up looking. Best of luck to the developers! They may need it.
Earl June 11, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Wow..lots of depressing comments....is the world ending too?...I think it is will be a good looking project in a place that is now an eyesore for Laguna Niguel. Bring it on!
Frieda Wales June 11, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Here is an 83 page power point presentation on the changes. They will take into account traffic considerations. I am looking forward to most of the Gateway Plan changes. http://cityoflagunaniguel.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1780
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Good points.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Not sure I would want to live near a train coming and going at all hours.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 08:35 PM
It is a pretty congested area, it could become worse.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Earl: The area as it is now, is quite different than the rest of LN.
Frieda Wales June 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I hope it is truly pedestrian friendly. Wouldn't it be nice to walk to the train station, catch the train to work for some people? Leave the car parked in the garage! It looks like they have a couple of pedestrian bridges planned to cross over the tracks. They are also doing some work w/the trails.
bbq June 12, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Not to mention overlooking the I-5 Freeway - whoo hoo!
Rich B June 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
The building design isn't as dramatic as is could. Designers/planners ought to take a cue from the new mixed use developments in Aliso Viejo. Inspiring and avant garde design will be popular among the urban hip who want to walk to transportation and shopping and interact more with their neighbors.
Rich B June 18, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I meant to say that the building design isn't as dramatic as it could be.
Natalie Costa July 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
It's going to be a mess. That area has been slipping and sliding for years. More congestion in an already congested area. Stop building things we don't need and concentrate on what we do need. Fix the schools…
Brad Barber August 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
From most of the people I have spoken to in Laguna Niguel, they do NOT want to transform LN to look like Aliso Viejo...I am very surprised how quickly this got approved without much public awareness or input. Some large changes are in store for Laguna Niguel over the next few years. Having lived here my whole life and raising a family here I want to do do all I can to preserve what made Laguna Niguel such a great city. Vote Brad Barber Laguna Niguel City Council 2012
Barton Mac Leod August 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
The ground continues to move in the Gateway area.... and so does the $$$$$$
Rich B August 25, 2012 at 04:03 AM
The Forbes Road and Camino Capistrano business areas are arguably the most likely redevelopment targets. I hope the city planners give citizens an opportunity to input to these new plans. Laguna Niguel has always been a prestigious community and it needs to make sure new building be sustainable as well as vibrant and well designed.
Frieda Wales August 25, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Rich, you are right on the money.
Brad Barber October 03, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Rich B, Great point. The city planners and council need to do a better job of letting the community aware. Most of the people are so busy and not in the loop of local government and planning. Hence why the same people over and over sit on council. Need more people involved and giving input.
Barton Mac Leod October 03, 2012 at 04:48 AM
It's been so long, I can't remember when the construction crew started the project. I was at Costco on Monday and the work was in progress. Trying to save the Costco building at the 73 Frwy overpass. It's costing hundreds of millions of dollars. Installing pylons and now a third defence by adding a cement wall. No one is talking about it ...

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