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Children run and play on the hillside at Grand Park in Aliso Viejo.

//ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: david.AlisoViejo.1221- 12/17/15 Ð ED CRISOSTOMO, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER —

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Assignment Summary:What Matters series/Aliso Viejo. some suggestions, thanks!
1. Development on east side of Liberty, south of Aliso Viejo Parkway. There is construction underway on the north of two large undeveloped parcels. It is for affordable senior housing.
2. Office buildings going up at Aliso Viejo Parkway and Enterprise.
3. Christmas tree and presents at Town Center.
4. Iffy? In the center of the parking lot at Town Center in front of the Edwards movie theater is where the new office/residential/retail/restaurant building will go. See below:
STAFF COLUMNIST

Considered south countyÕs troubled toddler in the mid-1990s with youth sports teams still forming, budding families and tiny trees, Aliso Viejo is a city that has come into its own.

Still, to stay competitive in these fast-changing, competitive times, Orange CountyÕs newest city already is planning significant updating.

In five years, the Town Center is expected to get a major facelift. Where vast asphalt parking lots now sit, plans are on the drawing board for a boutique hotel with 129 rooms as well as office and residential space above dozens of proposed ground-level shops and restaurants.

Additionally, 435 new luxury apartments are in the works along with two affordable senior housing projects with 402 units. One is already under construction and includes a new medical building on a bluff with views of the Santa Ana mountains. And if current trends continue, there will be more large-scale office buildings.

Of the makeover for the Town Center, which will include multi-tiered parking, more green space and improved pedestrian walk-through, City Manager David Doyle explains, ÒWe need to provide places where people can spend quality time. We want to create something special, unique.Ó

With only 15 full-time city employees and a tradition of contracting out everything from parks to police, council even is considering providing some services directly to citizens.

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