Hat tip to the Voice of OC for news the county supervisor John Moorlach wants to move the Orange County Civic Center to Irvine at a location within the Great Park.Â
The moves makes sense on a number of fronts; easy freeway access and a more central location to other parts of Orange County than trying to navigate traffic and parking hassles in downtown Santa Ana.Â Let’s not forget Irvine’s safest city status and plentiful space.
From the story:Â “Orange County supervisors are busy trying to figure out what to do with a prime 100-acre piece of real estate they acquired from the U.S. Navy when Irvine created the Great Park out of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
They’ve talked about some mixed-use commercial and residential developments instead of land-banking the property for later generations.
But one of their colleagues, John Moorlach, has a different goal.
“This would make a great civic center,” Moorlach said this week during a public update on the land.
Sounding like a real estate agent, Moorlach ticked off the property’s advantages: freeway and train accessibility and ability to feed off of the Great Park development. “If the Great Park is ever developed, it would be an incredible location,” he said.”
Constructing a new civic center at the Great Park would create thousands of good paying jobs that would increase the county’s tax base while giving citizens new, well-planned facilities that leverage green/clean technology.Â
Imagine the host of small businesses that would pop up all around Irvine to support the tends of thousands of county employees coming to Irvine each day to work.
We’ll have to see how this idea fits the master plan for the Great Park and the negative impact of all those empty offices in Santa Ana. But what an idea to spur economic development.