Irvine City Council Approves Great Park site for Veterans Cemetery

Washington Crossing National Cemetery

Washington Crossing National Cemetery

On Tuesday evening the Irvine City Council approved a 125 acre ARDA site at the Great Park for a Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial with Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway seconding Council member Larry Agran’s motion. Mayor Steven Choi and Council member Christina Shea did manage to do a Five Point tap dance expressing concern about the city’s general fund and the cost of site clean up. Funny, they were worried about soil clean up for a cemetery, but no concern at all about contaminated soil where Irvine’s new high school is going to be located. Of course, I’m sure that their positions have nothing to do with FivePoint Communities liking the value-added benefits of a nearby high school to potential home buyers, over the corresponding feng shui negatives of a nearby veterans cemetery. I wonder if toxic waste seeping up into classrooms is good, or bad, feng shui?

With the overflowing crowd of veterans,even Choi and Shea voted in favor of the vets to make it a unanimous result. Watching the discussion however, It was almost embarrassing to watch Choi slobber over Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s efforts to hijack the Great Park site to anywhere else in his district including the Saddleback Vineyard site that offers limited space and perhaps 40 developable acres.

The folks at Five Point and their army of consultants will likely shift their attention to Spitzer’s efforts to move the Cemetery and Memorial anywhere but the Great Park.  A battle was won last night but the war continues.  FivePoint has the right of first refusal in 2017 for that parcel, and should they deny the Vet’s a resting place at the Great Park, even Emile Haddad’s millions won’t help them.

  4 comments for “Irvine City Council Approves Great Park site for Veterans Cemetery

  1. jhong721@yahoo.com
    July 31, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Probably should move a cemetery away from homes, golf courses, and schools no? I’m sure there is a better spot.

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    August 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

    There is no better resting place for Veterans than the former Air Base.

  3. P. Tone
    August 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    jhong, there are schools and neighborhoods near cemeteries all over the place.
    El Toro Air Station would be a great location for a National Cemetery, Orange County doesn’t have one and it should. If one doesn’t go there it will be a great disservice to all the veterans in Orange Co and those who were based there, let’s see if the People of Irvine and the City of Irvine really “Support the Troops”

  4. Betty
    September 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t think so it is a good spot around of that expensives homes The prices around will be down. I believe the owners or futures owners of that homes will claim that. Perhaps more near freeway 5 with entrance in Alton but NOT on Irvine boulevard. Please ask developers, Real Estate businessman… I know what I said. I know the veterans deserve to be near by but don’t ruin that beautiful homes around go more near freeway 5 , thanks.

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