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Lane Field, double tracking on Coastal Commission docket

A revised plan for Lane Field and double tracking of the rail line through Camp Pendleton are slated to be considered at the California Coastal Commission meeting in Redondo Beach over the next two days.

On Wednesday the commission is scheduled to consider the amended plan for Lane Field, which calls for the two hotel towers totaling 800 rooms to be set back 150 feet from Harbor Drive to accommodate a 1.66-acre public park.

The park has been designed with multiple event spaces to accommodate both small groups and larger civic gatherings and festivals of up to 3,000 people. The park’s eastern edge, adjacent to the hotel, will be activated by the retail and restaurant uses on the hotel portion of the site.

In order to reduce view blockage, plans call for reducing the height of the hotel towers by as much as 30 feet, and reducing the amount of retail space from 80,000 to 63,549 square feet to the north of Broadway between Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive.

The double tracking proposal, scheduled to be considered Thursday, is not without controversy. The plan would put down 1.65 miles of new track between San Onofre and Las Pulgas Road on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base. Coastal Commission staff expressed concerns about what impact the plan might have on area wetlands. The staff report countered that the benefits of improving mass transit in the area might be sufficient to outweigh any concerns.

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