Just steps from The Strand at Headlands’ south gate is the entrance to Dana Point’s Town Center. After years of community discussion, Dana Point’s City Council has finally adopted its plan for revitalizing Dana Point’s downtown.
The Plan, already underway, will give Dana Point a much needed, and greatly anticipated, extreme makeover. The new Del Prado “Lantern District” sign is one of the first indicators that change is coming. Most recently, the city completed Phase 2A of the plan. In addition to the new Lantern District sign, the most recent improvements include the conversion of Del Prado to two way traffic and the creation of median on Del Prado.
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One of the City’s first priorities was to retrofit, fix and beautify Dana Point’s aging infrastructure. One of the obvious reasons for this was to encourage private reinvestment and development, and create a pedestrian friendly environment for shopping, dining and entertainment. The idea was to establish a “sense of place” in Dana Point.
The private reinvestment and development in the area has already begun with numerous new and retrofitted buildings underway. In fact, construction of two new restaurants located just outside the South Strand gates is well underway. Both restaurants are revitalized historic buildings, one of which is The Craft House, owned by a Strand at Headlands homeowner. The Craft house is located on the site of the former Harbor Inn Restaurant. Both restaurants are set to open in early 2016.
Besides the most recent and obvious improvements to Town Center, the City has also approved a mixed-use project by Majestic Housing and Development. Majestic’s plan includes 109 residential units and 32,500 square feet of retail space on seven lots, to be built in three phases. The project promises new restaurants, shops, pedestrian walkways, public art and open space areas with park benches.
The Dana Point’s Town Center continued revitalization will clearly enhance the enhance the living experience at the Strand by adding additional shopping and dining experiences for the Strand Homeowners.