I don’t take issue with the proposed development at the Sweetwater site. I take issue with its contemporary design. What is proposed would fit far better in Irvine. Not our Village by the Sea.
Why not consider a design like our Lumberyard on Forest? Or a craftsman style like the Montage? As a past resident of La Jolla in the 70’s and early 80’s, I watched a charming village turn into what is now an urban setting, basically ignoring its older charms. The Sweetwater project is another step towards a featureless, vanilla attempt to maximize square footage with no regard to our village character.
It’s not too late to consider a more fitting design. Something that makes one smile and better appreciate the charms of Laguna Beach.
Tom Berndt, Laguna Beach