Mariners Village Improvements
Newport Beach, CA
Client: City of Newport Beach
Newport Beach, bounded on one side by Newport Harbor and the other by coastal bluffs and
residential housing, this business district serves the boating and yachting community, residents of
adjacent neighborhoods, auto-orientated convenience needs, and numerous restaurants.
The City previously developed an overall four-phase concept plan for improvements consisting of
landscaping, hardscape aesthetics, and traffic calming. This was a result of conceptualizing “vision
scenarios” for the future of Mariner’s Mile and outlining possible strategies for upgrading its physical
and visual conditions. They also developed guidelines to assist in the implementation of key planning
and design elements. Given the eclectic mix of buildings along Mariner’s Mile, the vision document
establishes key design principles, promoting thoughtful and tasteful design while allowing creative
flexibility. While avoiding an architectural theme, the appropriate use of nautical building materials, is
consistent with the history of Mariner’s Mile and is intended to enhance the overall character.
Subsequently, Civil Works Engineers staff, was hired to prepare the construction
documents for Phase 1 of the vision, which included proposed landscaping amenities along Coast
Highway. This project involved the planting of 22–30 foot high Washingtonia Robusta palm trees
along the north side of Coast Highway from Riverside Drive to south of Tustin Avenue. Due to the
limited public right of way, some of the trees were planted within private property. Project involved
replacement of sidewalk to provide space for the trees and to place the irrigation line, relocation of
traffic signal conduit, planting of trees and shrub, permanent easements from 9 property owners, and
thorough utility investigation.