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Orange County supervisors are busy trying to figure out what to do with a prime 100-acre piece of real estate they acquired from the U.S. Navy when Irvine created the Great Park out of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.

They’ve talked about some mixed-use commercial and residential developments instead of land-banking the property for later generations.

But one of their colleagues, John Moorlach, has a different goal.

“This would make a great civic center,” Moorlach said this week during a public update on the land.

Sounding like a real estate agent, Moorlach ticked off the property’s advantages: freeway and train accessibility and ability to feed off of the Great Park development. “If the Great Park is ever developed, it would be an incredible location,” he said.

Moorlach is often critical of the Santa Ana location of the civic center, but he hasn’t yet succeeded in getting any of his colleagues support his call for the moving vans.

When asked this week about the issue, Irvine officials said they were aware of Moorlach’s musings but weren’t saying anything else.

— NORBERTO SANTANA, JR.

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