Nakase Nursery To Sprout Toll Brothers Homes
Nakase Nursery To Sprout Toll Brothers Homes
Old land will bring new neighbors in Lake Forest. Approximately 776 new neighbors, actually. The Nakase Brothers Wholesale Nursery will soon be no more. In its place, the Toll Brothers latest residential construction project will begin. A master-planned modern suburb, straight from the American Dream poster is the goal. The initial review, research, and inspections are already underway. This process could require up to three years before approval is complete and crews are ready to break ground.
Since 1938, the 122 acres of land have been used for various agriculture purposes. Originally it was an orchard, with the first nursery work not beginning until the late 1960s. By 1988 all the trees were completely removed. The Nakase Nursery has been in its current configuration from the ‘90s through today.
Never If, Only When
The closing of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in 1999 resulted in the lifting of the Community Noise Equivalent Level Restriction. This ordinance prevented any residential development from occurring within a five mile radius of the base, due to noise levels. With the literal sound barrier gone, several undeveloped/non-residential land areas were reassessed. Many of these spaces became approved for housing projects at the turn of the millennium. At the time, the Nakase Brothers passed on changing their land designation. This kept the A-1 General Agriculture usage in place. Now, almost 20 years later, the time for new development appears to have arrived.
What To Expect
The completed project will have five distinct neighborhoods. It will include single-family residences, affordable housing units for senior citizens, and an elementary school. There will also be an internal circulation system, a multi-purpose water-quality basin, and many parks and open spaces. 7,378 daily trips by car are estimated at the completed site. To accommodate, new street entries are being added.
This will bring the total up to three entries, from the current single access-point to the nursery. Two entries will be on Bake Parkway, and one entry will be on Rancho Parkway. Also, Bake Parkway will be widened to have dedicated turn lanes into the community, avoiding backups on the main road. The City’s municipal code requires at least 2,260 parking spaces total. Developers plan to create up to 3,584 vehicle spaces, significantly over the minimum needed.
With 50 classrooms expected, the new elementary school will serve 1,000 students from across Lake Forest. It will be built against the corner of Bake Parkway and Rancho Parkway, and will have a large, 4 acre outdoor play area. This will include a playground, basketball courts, and an open grass sports field. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are getting installed on the school premises. This will be to keep up with current technology and keep things “green” in the community.
65.3 acres will be dedicated to living spaces. Divided into distinct neighborhoods, the following housing styles will be available: “Garden Clusters”, “Sky Terraces”, “E-Homes”, and “Traditional Single-Family Homes”. In total, 675 two-story and three-story single-family residential units of all styles are expected to be built. In addition, up to 101 senior affordable housing units will be constructed in their own complex on 3.9 acres. This is to follow the City’s affordable housing policy from the 2014 “Housing Element”. The senior living area will be approximately 15% of the number of approved single-family homes.
The Recreation: Parks, Pools, & Clubhouse
Over 20% of the total land will be for parks and recreational space. Each of the five neighborhoods will receive its own park of almost 2 acres. 176-times smaller than its famous New York namesake, a 4.8 acre “Central Park” will be the activity hub for the new residents. It will feature a private community clubhouse with entertainment space, BBQs, three pools, relaxing cabanas, and activity rooms. Like the new school, this recreational facility will also have EV charging stations available in the parking lot.
Remembering The Roots
In homage to greenery, an ode to the previous use, the entire community will be nature friendly and environmentally sustainable. All landscaping will be drought-tolerant and ornamental. 10.4 acres of the site will be for habitat restoration along the Serrano Creek Trail. The trail will connect with several bike paths for Eco-friendly commutes around the neighborhood. All construction will comply with the California Green Building Code (CAL Green). Also, an independent third-party company, LSA, is currently analyzing the environmental impacts of the project before construction begins.
Construction Schedule: The Future Is Still In The Future
The complete details are still being finalized for the transition. If things continue moving along as planned, the entire project period is expected to take five and a half years. This 67-month window will start after final approvals are complete with all parties involved. The demolition and preparation of the land will take three months. After that, grading will take six months. Paving will start next and take four months to complete. There will be approximately 25 major streets throughout the project. Infrastructure, such as plumbing and electrical connections, will take 12 months and will overlap with the paving period. Finally the construction of the actual building structures will take place, requiring the longest amount of time at 46 months. These 2,007 required days for completion would see a finish date of mid-2024 if the work started today! While the neighborhood of the future can get us excited today, it won’t arrive until far into the next decade.
Tell Us Your Thoughts
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