Wooden “story poles” show the proposed dimensions of a duplex designed for 508 Avenida Victoria in San Clemente. (Photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
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A plan to replace a low-profile 69-year-old fourplex with a new four-level Spanish-style duplex in San Clemente’s Pier Bowl area complies with city codes, even as it stirs opposition from neighbors, officials said.
On a 5-0 vote, city planning commissioners approved a cultural heritage permit on April 19 to allow Steve and Dale Scibelli’s project at 508 Avenida Victoria, where wooden “story poles” indicate the proposed dimensions for the building.
At a public hearing, six neighbors complained that the building will dwarf neighbors, will be massive and will block multiple neighbors’ ocean views, as far away as Monterey Lane.
“The ocean view does not belong to just one owner,” Corona Lane resident Patricia Cox told commissioners. “It’s all of ours.”
City codes do not protect views from private properties. Planning commissioners voiced sympathy but said there was no choice but to approve the 35-foot-high project, as it complies with city rules.
“I would love to see a project that is in harmony here,” Commissioner Michael Smith said. “I don’t think it’s a good fit.”
David York, project architect, said the owners plan to live in the upper two floors. York said the project was designed to step back from floor to floor, going up, to leave open a view corridor down Avenida Victoria.
Traffic detours coming to Forster Ranch
Through the month of May, San Clemente’s Forster Ranch community will experience traffic detours to let the city and its road contractor build roundabouts at two key intersections.
Work will begin Monday, May 3, to build a roundabout on the corner of Camino de los Mares and Camino del Rio, requiring road closures on all four approaches to the intersection. Access to homes will be maintained, but detours will be necessary until about May 17 when the intersection may be ready to reopen, the city said in a news release.
A similar closure at Camino del Rio and Sarmentoso is tentatively scheduled for May 18 to May 31. Watch for detour signs.
After the intersections reopen, periodic closures may be needed to facilitate roundabout landscaping and paving operations, the city said. “The city asks that the public plan alternative routes during this period and adhere to the detour routes,” the news release said.
Completion of the Del Rio project is targeted for early July.
No rail service this weekend
There will be no train service at the south end of the county this weekend, due to work being done on the rail line in San Diego County.
Metrolink says its trains Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, will halt at Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and buses will be provided to stations on south to Oceanside.
Council to consider radioactive waste
The City Council on Tuesday, May 2, will consider sending a letter asking the California Coastal Commission to reconsider a 2015 permit it issued approving burial of 3.6 million pounds of radioactive waste at San Onofre.
Council members had questions about the contents to put into a letter at their last meeting April 18. They decided to try again May 2, after viewing a report that was presented to coastal commissioners in 2015 together with public input given at that time and now.
Also facing the City Council will be acceptance of a new city soccer park on Avenida Vista Hermosa next to Shorecliffs Middle School, a cost increase for a structural assessment of Marine Safety Headquarters and discussion of tall eucalyptus trees at a city reservoir in the south end of town and their impact on neighbors.
Restroom to close for renovations
The city plans to close a public restroom at popular T-Street Beach for a week in May to perform maintenance and upgrades prior to the busy summer season.
The work will start on May 15, the city said in a news release. During closure, patrons are advised to use the Boca del Canon restroom south of the T-Street Overpass.
Distillery wins permit for tasting room
Drift Distillery, a new family-owned business making craft spirits at 940 Calle Amanecer in the Rancho San Clemente Business Park, has won a permit to operate a tasting room with sales.
The Planning Commission approved a permit April 5. Under its license, Drift will be limited to selling three 750 ml bottles of its craft whiskey, gin, vodka or rum per person per day and offering tastes of 1.5 ounces per person per day, officials said.
Other businesses in the area that have tasting rooms include Artifex Brewing Co. at 919 Calle Amanecer, Lost Winds Brewing Co. at 924 Calle Negocio and Left Coast Brewing Co. at 1245 Puerta del Sol, commissioners were told.
Dance team to present its winning dances
The community is invited to see first-hand the dances that won United Spirit Association titles for San Clemente High School’s dance team at the USA Championships held in Long Beach.
The team will present its annual public concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, on campus at 700 Avenida Pico. Tickets are $16 for adults $11 for children and students, at schsdanceteam.com.
The concert will include the team’s winning intermediate, novelty and large lyrical dances.
Concert is all about bells
The South County Community Handbell Choirs invite the public to a benefit concert titled “Beauty and the Bell(e).”
Adult and youth choirs will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at St. Andrew’s Methodist “Church, 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente. There is no admission fee but donations will be accepted to benefit Family Assistance Ministries. The choirs will be presenting hygiene kits to FAM for the needy.
Among the tunes will be “The Haunted Forest,” “Yankee Doodle,” “Scarborough Fair,” “It’s a Small World” and selections from “Beauty and the Beast.”
Learn more at schandbell.org.
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