The hotel is in the middle of a major renovation project that is
on schedule to finish in December. Hotel general manager Bill
Gunderson said the hotel will change its name to the Newport Beach
Marriott Hotel & Spa on Dec. 15.
According to plans, which are dated June 2004, the more than
200,000-square-foot development would include 79 condos. The average
size of each unit would be slightly less than 2,600 square feet.
The city's planning commission is not yet scheduled to discuss the
project, but the condo plans could come before the body in the next
few months, Newport Beach associate planner Rosalinh Ung said.
Lennar is being represented by Newport Beach-based Government
Solutions Inc. for the project. Government Solutions vice president
Marice White said she hopes the proposal will come before the
planning commission by November.
The plans have not changed since they were filed, White said.
The proposed buildings would have a maximum height of about 50
feet, White said. Condos would have ocean and golf course views and
"Very Newport Beach," White said. "Very lush landscaping, all with
Lennar is still in negotiations to buy the land from Host Marriott
Corp., White said. Host Marriott is a Bethesda, Md.-based hotel real
estate company. An official with Host Marriott declined to comment.
The proposal would require permits from Newport Beach and the
California Coastal Commission, White said. The Coastal Commission
could discuss the proposed condos by the summer of next year.
"If we're out of the Coastal Commission by summer 2006 ... [the
condos would] be on the market by 2008," White said.
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