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HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA-Makar Properties of Newport Beach has launched its 31-acre Pacific City project, a mixed-use plan at Pacific Coast Highway and First Street, that will include retail, dining, entertainment, a boutique hotel, housing and office space. In one of the latest steps in the project, KTGY Group Architecture and Planning of Irvine has completed the final design of the retail, entertainment, office and residential portions of the development.

Paul Makarechian, president and CEO of Makar Properties, describes the project as 161,000 sf of retail, dining and entertainment plus 30,000 sf of office space, a boutique hotel of 196 rooms with potentially 16 fractional ownerships, plus approximately 516 upscale housing units. According to Greg Lyon, principal at KTGY, the retail, entertainment, office and residential components capitalize on the ocean views throughout the project, one of the few remaining parcels available for development along Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California.

According to Rocky Shen, a design director for KTGY and the head designer for Pacific City’s residential component, Pacific City’s residential element will include approximately 424 luxury condominiums of one to three bedrooms, with 92 hotel-branded residences. The project will also link the City’s two existing luxury resorts, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, with the city pier and the existing downtown district.

Makarechian notes that the retail and dining portion of the development will feature 48,900 sf of food and beverage space, with several of the restaurants and bars to feature live music and outdoor terraces. With these and other amenities, the development will exemplify what KTGY’s Lyon describes as “a new trend in mixed-use destinations.”

Lyon explains that cities are now willing to add hospitality and non-theater entertainment components, such as a nightclub or live entertainment venues to their mixed-use projects, which previously only consisted of a combination of retail, office and/or residential. Pacific City’s retail promenade will be elevated above Pacific Coast Highway, providing open plazas, interactive fountains and landscaped gardens with panoramic beach and ocean vistas.

Restaurants will occupy the prime viewing areas located on the second level along the retail promenade. Each will feature outdoor dining terraces with unobstructed views over Pacific Coast Highway to the sea.

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