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5,000 homes approved around Irvine's Great Park

September 5, 2011 |  2:10 pm

Plans for nearly 5,000 new homes ringing the Orange County Great Park won preliminary approval from a divided Irvine City Council last week.

Council members voted 3 to 2 last Tuesday night to OK general-plan and zoning changes as well as $40 million in park infrastructure improvements.

The general-plan amendment concentrates homes in the northwestern area of the project and allows mixed-use neighborhoods of 4,894 residential units and more than 1 million square feet of nonresidential space.

Mayor Sukhee Kang lauded the project as an economic stimulus that will "define the future of Irvine," according to the Daily Pilot.

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-- Sarah Peters, Times Community News

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