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Great Park stalled

Nearly three years after the city of Irvine approved a massive residential and commercial development project there, the hangars and runways are still intact at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Home builder Lennar was supposed to build a Great Park in exchange for the development, but with the recent economic downturn no homes have been built and the promised 45-hole golf course is on hold. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The sign for the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro represents the facility’s history. Development plans were made when the housing market was strong. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Rubble has piled up at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Most of the future park’s 1,347 acres remain off limits to the public. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The Marine Corps Air Station seen in 2000. (Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
Ken Smith’s design for the park was one of three finalists in the search for how to develop the land. (Ken Smith)
Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey’s design was another of the visions of the Great Park. (Royston)