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Second Apartment Complex, The "Crown" Approved for Gateway Area

The Crown Apartments by Mill Creek Residential Trust includes 284-units on the former Mission Yamaha and Hilborn properties at the northeast corner of Crown Valley Parkway and Cabot Road.

The Laguna Niguel Planning Commission approved the second major residential project in the at its meeting on Tuesday.

The Crown Apartments by Mill Creek Residential Trust includes 284-units on the former Mission Yamaha and Hilborn properties at the northeast corner of Crown Valley Parkway and Cabot Road. The project includes four stories of residential units over three levels of parking.  A total of 32 studio, 161 one-bedroom and 91 two-bedroom units ranging in size from 600 to 1,453 square feet are proposed.  

The project design includes a contemporary California style of architecture with a varying roof line, stepped elevation planes and warm earth tone colors.  A variety of high-quality amenities including a pool/spa, fitness and club house rooms, barbecue areas, and other features are included for the residents.

The project will also construct needed street improvements to widen Crown Valley Parkway and Cabot Road and provide a multi-use riding/hiking trail adjacent to their property. 

The Career Lofts project was approved by the Planning Commission in June, and will start the transformation of the Gateway area to a more pedestrian and transit-oriented urban village.    

The updated Gateway Specific Plan allows for almost 3,000 apartments or condos in the area near the I-5 and the 73 freeway.

The project site includes two vacant properties totaling 3.7 acres and is located at 25891 Crown Valley Parkway and 27961 Cabot Road, at the northeast corner of Crown Valley Parkway and Cabot Road. The site is within the Mixed-Use Zone (Planning District D) of the Laguna Niguel Gateway Specific Plan.  

Construction could begin later this year, according to city officials.

, to be located at the Laguna Niguel Gateway Specific Plan area, 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

David Weiss July 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Another beautiful addition to a fantastic city!
Natalie Costa July 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Apartments on the corner of Crown Valley & Cabot Road - next to the freeway - sounds like a peaceful place to live to me.
Barton Mac Leod July 13, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The old Black Angus/Spoons building foundations cracked because of ground movement and torn down. Costco spent millions to save their building at Cabot. Caltrans has done the same at the 73 Frwy overpass.. both trying to stop the ground movement and now a contractor wants to build on the same land. It's interesting that the subject of recent and previous ground movement is never addressed. Did I hear jingle jingle $$$$
Jeanette A. Fratto July 13, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Wow, to get this information on Friday the 13th! The rendering and description of the units seems very attractive. Traffic, already congested in that area, will now be a nightmare. Is that a good trade-off?
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Nat: I'd have to agree, can't imagine it being quite that's for sure.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Weird place for an apt
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Great city, not sure I'd want to live near that busy area though.
Stevie Stevie July 14, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Are you kidding? Who in the world would vote "Yes" for this ATROcity? Crown Valley at Cabot is so congested as it is and now this? Besides the fact that an obviously greedy Developer is jamming at least 284 residents, plus 192 on the other side of the street, onto a 3.7 acre piece of land? Where do you live Mr. Developer? In Connecticut? Apparently ground movement has not even been considered? Good luck to all when the next big earth quake hits. This project needs to be trashed and those 3.7 acres need to be turned into a natural park area. Gateway to Laguna Niguel...give me a break.
Jeanette A. Fratto July 15, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Natalie, Barton MacLeod, and Stevie Stevie - you must know a secret that I don't. I made a similar, but milder, comment about this proposed complex and my post was taken off because it didn't meet Patch standards!! And all I said was that the bad traffic will only get worse, well within the Patch terms of use. Glad to see others were in agreement.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Hi Jeannette: Your first comment never came over, at least I never saw it. Please resend
Tom Berney July 15, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Really" what a place to stack apartments right between the toll exit and I-5, metro and train tracks, how many are section 8 I wonder? who cares the federal money will pay, someone got a great plan through, to bad it got approved, what a nightmare it's going to be in that area is right.

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