Parking Structure Shot Down in 2015 Arises Anew in Latest Fairgrounds Master Site Plan Proposal
The latest OC Fairgrounds (Orange County Fair and Event Center or OCFEC) Master Site Plan proposal (see page 38 and on “Phase VII - Other Projects” page 45) shows a parking structure and pedestrian bridge at the corner of Fairview Road and Arlington Drive and states that Orange Coast College (OCC) would be partnering on the project. Representatives of OCC were contacted and multiple officials stated that they had no knowledge of the inclusion of the proposed parking structure in the Master Site Plan and OCC had not requested that the parking structure be included in the OCFEC Master Site Plan. OCFEC Executive Management made the following statements regarding the proposed parking structure without consulting let alone obtaining an agreement from OCC:
- Partner with OCC
- Screened to lessen impact on neighbors
- With elevators
- Build West Tower at OCC
- Build bridge over Fairview Dr to OCC
- Parking garage assumed 3 stories @ +210 stalls per floor
- Footprint of parking garage removes -323 stalls of surface parking
CEO Kathy Kramer should recall that in 2015 a proposed parking structure on the same site was met with strong opposition by the College Park neighbors who would bear the brunt of the impacts from the project. Current Board Directors Ashleigh Aitken, Barbara Bagneris, Nick Berardino, Doug La Belle, Gerardo Mouet, Robert Ruiz, and Stan Tkaczyk should also recall vocal neighborhood opposition to the project and suggestions that other solutions found such as building a parking garage (if one is needed) in the corner of Newport Blvd and Fair Dr below the billboards. The parking structure proposed now in 2018 is the same unwanted parking structure proposed in 2015. If CEO Kathy Kramer and Directors Ashleigh Aitken, Barbara Bagneris, Nick Berardino, Sandra Cervantes, Doug La Belle, Gerardo Mouet, Robert Ruiz, and Stan Tkaczyk don't recall that the parking structure was unwanted in 2015 and aren't smart enough to figure out that the same parking structure is unwanted in 2018, none of them should be in charge of a public agency, allowed to drive a car, or have sharp objects in their possession because there is something wrong with them. They may also eat paste, so lock that up.
If a Parking Structure is Needed, Put It Under the Billboards on Newport Blvd Side
If a parking structure is needed (and it is not sure if a parking structure is actually needed) the structure should be built at the corner of Newport Blvd and Fair Dr under the billboards. Building a parking structure at this location can be part of the relocation of the Main Entrance from Fair Dr to Newport Blvd. The new Main Entrance can be designed to speed up parking and move stacking of cars waiting to park from the public streets and onto OCFEC property. This plan was previously proposed to the OCFEC and should be reconsidered:
CEO Kathy Kramer needs your help to be reminded that the parking garage at the corner of Fairview Rd and Arlington Dr is not wanted. [email protected]
VP of Operations Ken Karns who is in charge of the Master Site Plan & the Fair Board Directors need to also hear from you on this matter.
Ken Karns [email protected]
Email Summer Angus and ask her to forward the email to the Directors [email protected]
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