Discussion over a village entrance to Laguna Beach has dragged on for years with little accomplished, but residents still showed considerable interest for the topic with about 60 people on hand for a workshop Tuesday, Sept. 29.
A consultant will use feedback from the workshop for site concepts that will be debated again at a subsequent workshop, said Deputy City Manager Ben Siegel. The meeting’s goal was to solicit comments on the aesthetics of the gateway, the lot at the intersection of Broadway Street and Forest Avenue currently used primarily for parking, storage, city facilities and a sewer lift station.
The site also came up for discussion during last month’s City Council meeting when a 4-1 decision was reached to relocate the Saturday farmer’s market from its current address at the Lumberyard Parking Lot next to City Hall to a temporary spot at 551 Forest Ave. and 635 Laguna Canyon Road. The change of venue is due to sewer infrastructure work at and around the market’s current home. Shoppers will be redirected mid-October and through May.
Councilmember Robert Zur Schmiede cast the dissenting vote, stating his preference for relocating the market to Ocean Avenue to ease downtown congestion and spur activity on Ocean.