We believe that AutoNationPorsche is a BAD FIT for Mariners' Mile, and ask that the Planning Commission deny the application for this project, and the City Council uphold that decision.
Please VOTE NO and deny the project currently proposed for 320-600 W. Pacific Coast Highway, for these reasons:
......The project would replace small neighborhood-friendly businesses with a shiny corporate monolith almost as long as two football fields, wedged against the coastal bluff between two residential neighborhoods.
......Its architecture and size are unlike any other nearby buildings, flying in the face of ongoing planning for a nautically-themed Mariners’ Mile.
......The auto-dealership uses (both sales and service) do not primarily serve local residents or harbor visitors and are inappropriate for the residential surroundings, with potential impacts on health, safety, traffic, noise, bluff stability, light pollution, visual resources and property values. More appropriate areas exist within the city (for example, near the airport).
......The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) is not sufficient to address the potential negative impacts attendant to this project. Please require an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to fully evaluate those.
In conclusion, AutoNation Porsche does not fit into the developing vision for Mariners’ Mile. The redevelopment of these parcels should be deferred until that vision is complete. Furthermore, the potential negative impacts on long-established Newport neighborhoods need more analysis. Approving AutoNation Porsche at this time would be out of sequence in Newport’s own planning strategy, and utterly inconsistent with the direction suggested by existing City documents.
Please Vote NO on the AutoNation Porsche application.