Press ReleasePress ReleaseCity of Laguna Beach
John Pietig, City Manager

505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-0704
Fax: (949) 497-0771


Subject :Laguna Beach Village Entrance Project Moves Toward Construction
Contact :John Pietig, City Manager    (949) 497-0704

Laguna Beach, CA – On Tuesday August 7, the Laguna Beach City Council voted 4-1 to award a construction contract to officially start construction of the City’s long-awaited Village Entrance project.

“I think the community has waited long enough to have this move forward,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede at Tuesday’s meeting. “This is the right thing to do and I think it’s time.”

Major project elements include landscaped pedestrian pathways, improved lighting, extensive planting areas, new bridges, and parking lots with enhanced paving. The project site is located in the downtown area adjacent to the intersection of Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue.

Project highlights include the following:

  • Wide multi-use trails made from decorative concrete and decomposed granite to create a pedestrian-friendly environment, including 52 bicycle racks

  • Extensive landscaping throughout the site, including the planting of 120 trees

  • Upgraded decorative fencing along the drainage channel to replace chain link fence

  • New vehicle bridge aligned with the traffic signal at the Festival of Arts that will improve parking circulation and better separate vehicles from pedestrians and cyclists

  • Paved bridges, roads and parking lots designed to improve safety, circulation and connectivity for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists

  • New buildings for Police support services and Marine Safety storage

  • Exterior patching and painting of the historic digester building

The City Council awarded the construction contract to C.S. Legacy Construction in the amount of $8,432,668, which includes $436,358 to upgrade fencing along the drainage channel. To conserve costs, the City Council voted to eliminate the landscaping of median islands along Laguna Canyon Road. This is expected to save $250,000 to $350,000. The revised project budget is $11.1 million and includes final design and all anticipated construction related costs.

“I don’t think it is going to get any cheaper if we wait to get a bid out on this again,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Kelly Boyd at the meeting. “It’s time we get it done.”

Construction is anticipated to begin in September 2018 and be completed in the summer of 2020.

For additional project information, and to sign up for a monthly construction newsletter, please visit the Village Entrance web page on the City’s website at If you have any questions about the project, please email the City at or call Lou Kneip, Project Director, at (949) 464-6688.