IRVINE The Irvine Company has identified an alternate site for a controversial electrical substation, which had originally been planned for a 2.4-acre empty lot in the Spectrum 5 district, near Irvine Center and Lake Forest drives.
The Southern California Edison substation, which was proposed to serve the second Los Olivos apartment complex, may now get constructed at the former site of the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. The alternative site is scheduled for public discussion at the City Council meeting on June 27.
Relocating the substation cleared the way for Irvine Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of the 1,950-unit, 389-acre Los Olivos development on June 15. The development is planned for the northeast corner of Bake Parkway and Irvine Center Drive.
At the Irvine City Council meeting on June 13 and Planning Commission meeting two days later, members of the Spectrum 5 business community, who were strongly opposed to the original proposed site for the substation, praised Southern California Edison, city officials and Irvine Co. officials for meeting with the business owners to discuss alternatives.
City Manager Sean Joyce organized that meeting with the stakeholders on June 9, when the new site was identified.
Members of the Spectrum 5 business community have said the original site — in a research and industrial park — was dangerously close to residential neighborhoods and businesses and could prove disastrous in the event of a fire or explosion.
“With all the support we now have, I believe this relocation will become a reality,” said Jane Clausen of the Spectrum 5 group.
No City Council approval is needed for the Los Olivos project unless it is appealed, said Craig Reem, city spokesman.The 1,950 apartment units will be built in the northern area of the complex.
Grading could begin within a month, Reem said.
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