The prospect of a self-storage facility being built in Laguna Canyon took center stage at Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting, but the reception was less than welcoming.
Several residents and Laguna College of Art + Design students raised concerns — from safety and traffic to environmental and area compatibility — about developer Doug Simpson's plan to construct a three-story, 97,025-square-foot, 630-unit building in the Big Bend area.
The property at 2851 Laguna Canyon Road sits between the college's visual communication building and a habitat restoration area managed by the Laguna Canyon Foundation.
The purpose of the meeting was to give Simpson feedback. The commission did not take action.
Simpson, a Newport Beach resident who has developed office and self-storage facilities in Irvine, Laguna Niguel and Costa Mesa, said Laguna Beach is a prime candidate. He said Laguna Self Storage, in Laguna Canyon north of Simpson's proposed project, doesn't supply enough storage space for the city.