Mission Viejo gets three concepts for revitalizing area around Village Center

MISSION VIEJO In front of a standing-room-only audience, the City Council approved a report with three different concept designs for the aging Village Center, which sits on Marguerite Parkway just south of La Paz Road.

Tuesday night’s presentation by SWA Group was part of the Vision Plan process, which has included workshops to get residents’ feedback on various ideas to revitalize the city’s core.

The City Council didn’t vote on any of the three proposed concepts aimed at connecting the civic center and the area that comprises the Village Center with Oso Creek. They approved the report, and could use the concepts as baselines for upcoming discussions.

“Let’s find out what we can create here,” Councilman Brian Goodell said. “If we don’t take the leadership role and see what we can create, then nothing is going to happen. It’s been that way for almost 50 years….We have a great opportunity right now to take the next step on this project.”

The first concept displayed an enhanced relationship between the Village Center and Oso Creek by maintaining the current form of the center while adding two new buildings, most likely creek-facing restaurants with patio seating.

The second concept aimed to create a Main Street feel, adding creek-facing restaurants, new retail shops, a town green, an amphitheater along the creek and a pair of parking structures at a current parking area, according to a draft design. This option would also include some creek restoration and a new trail.

The final concept would turn the aging center into a next-generation village and would incorporate the space along Marguerite north of La Paz Road.

This design incorporates a larger town green, parking structures, new retail and restaurants and turns the center into a series of intersecting walkable streets. This plan also includes creek restoration, new trails and an amphitheater along the creek.

Residents and community members who spoke said the near…

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