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Citizens Against High Rise Urban Towers!


Contact: Mark S. Rosen


New Citizens Group Takes Steps To Stop The 

“Los Angelization” of Newport Beach


Planning Commissioners Receive Nearly 300 Petitions

In Opposition To 25-Story Mega-Condo Tower

Proposed For Newport Center

NEWPORT BEACH – October 20, 2016 – Planning Commissioners here today received nearly 300 petitions seeking to stop a 25-story, mega-condo tower slated for Newport Center.

Citizens Against High Rise Urban Towers submitted the petitions that mark the first step in its ongoing effort to stop, what it calls, the “Los Angelization of Newport Beach.”

The group claims that a New York City-based developer wants to demolish the existing Orange County Museum of Art building and replace it with a monstrosity called the Museum House on the two-acre site.

And Citizens Against High Rise Urban Towers suggests that the Museum House violates many federal aviation and local building height restrictions – violations that were not adequately addressed or mitigated in a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). It also charges that:

  1. As proposed the 296-foot high Museum House would be located in a part of Newport Beach where structure heights are regulated to avoid obstructions to aircraft under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
  2. Noise levels around Museum House would be intolerable for potential residents given that it would be a residential development in an existing commercial zone.
  3. It would place an increased burden on our already overburdened police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

Newport Beach residents who want to join the fight to stop The Museum House can sign the petition at


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