Shea Homes installs water line for former DWP property development project

Work recently began on First Street last week related to the former DWP property that will become both residential housing and a park. Courtesy photo

At this week’s City Council meeting, newly sworn District One Councilman Joe Kalmick requested an update from staff on the realignment of First Street.

Crews began working on First Street last week. The construction is the latest development in the Shea Homes “Ocean Place” project at the former DWP property. Assistant City Manager Patrick Gallegos said Shea Homes implemented a closure from Marina to Center Way to install a water line.

“Affected residents were notified by Shea Homes,” Gallegos said in a Feb. 21 email. “The closure is expected to last 2 ½ weeks barring any weather delays or unforeseen issues in the street.”

“ I suspect this is the prelude to the long-planned “vacation” of over 7000 sq ft,” said Seal Beach resident Robert Goldberg.

According to Gallegos, the previous week “Shea Homes installed a temporary asphalt curb to control any surface water flowing down 1st Street once the existing curb and gutter is removed. This week, Shea Homes plans to remove the sound wall, sidewalk and curb and gutter. Next week, Shea Homes will be relocating the palm trees and removing the traffic signal on the corner of the site. Since the traffic signal doubles as a street light, they will be installing a temporary street lights.”

Gallegos said he would provide more updates as he receives them.