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Commercial Core

Burnham-Ward Properties (BWP) are spearheading the revitalization of Dana Point Harbor’s restaurants, retail shops, and public spaces, known as the “Commercial Core.” BWP will transform the Harbor experience into a world-class dining, shopping, and recreation destination, all while instilling the Harbor’s rich history into the revitalization.

Restaurants

Exciting new restaurants will join Harbor favorites to create an improved and cohesive destination. BWP are hand-selecting restaurants that will broaden the cuisines available, and broaden dining experience options from fine-dining, casual atmospheres, to grab and go for families or guests departing on whale watching and fishing excursions.

Retail

Curated retailers will increase the Dana Point shopping experience for locals and visitors alike. The small-town, surf, boating and fishing culture will be reflected in retailers that speak to the Harbor’s history, and it’s future.

Public Spaces & Art

Along with increased public access from the waterside, the landside will also see increased greenscapes and public spaces for guests to enjoy. Winding green paseos are placed along the waterfront and will be home to plants and trees that were salvaged from the Harbor, along with new trees that thrive in the California climate. There will be public seating and grass areas for visitors to enjoy the water.

Art will be incorporated into key areas of the revitalization and will represent the many facets of the Harbor from whale watching and marine life to it’s waterman’s heritage and activities.

Parking

A 984-stall, state-of-the-art parking structure will include 93 boater dedicated spaces and boater-service amenities including restrooms, showers and changing rooms, a corral of service carts to aid boaters carrying supplies to their boats and a valet drop point for boaters positioned at the gangway to the docks. The new structure will also feature EV charging stations, a significant increase in parking spaces and convenience for Sportfishing, Whale Watching and Catalina Express customers departing from the adjacent Dana Wharf area.  

The entrance to the new structure will have a height limit of 8′ 2″ with each level at a height of 11′ 4″ tall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Developer:

For the past 30 years, BWP has been a leader in the Southern California commercial real estate industry. At BWP, we believe that properties provide a canvas for people to interact, work and experience life.

Our goal is to create community through property, to positively influence people’s lives and to do so in an environmentally conscious manner. The result is a uniquely creative and disruptive approach to traditional retail space and a portfolio of properties that best serve the community, are environmentally conscious and add long-term value. BWP’s most notable developments include The Long Beach Exchange & The Hangar, and South Coast Collection & The OC Mix.

Project Phasing:

Phases 1 & 2: Parking structure, underground utility infrastructure and surrounding landscaping and site work updates, Golden Lantern extension

Phase 3: Waterfront Buildings

Phases 4 & 5: Wharf Buildings

Project Timeline:

Phases 1 and 2 are anticipated to be completed in 12 months. Following completion of the first two phases, construction will then begin on Phase 3 of the Commercial Core, which includes development along the waterfront. This phase is anticipated to begin in March 2025. The final phases will include the redevelopment of the buildings within The Wharf.

Features of the Commercial Core:

  • Burnham-Ward Properties (BWP) is spearheading the revitalization of Dana Point Harbor’s restaurants, retail stores, and public spaces. BWP will transform the Harbor experience into a world-class dining, shopping, and recreation destination. All of the restaurant spaces will feature indoor/outdoor patio areas that open up onto the waterfront and paseos with many amenities, open spaces featuring, public art, educational exhibits, soft seating areas, fire pits and recreational activities.
  • Highly curated restaurants and chef-driven concepts from across the globe, and dynamic retailers will join existing Harbor favorites to create an elevated destination, while maintaining the Harbor’s unique character and charm.
    • Benefits: 
      • 984-stall, state-of-the-art parking structure – Includes 93 boater dedicated spaces and boater-service amenities, and EV charging stations
      • 12 new or remodeled multi-tenant retail and restaurant buildings with best-in-class, coastal-inspired, four-sided architecture
      • Healthy building design features including expansive indoor/outdoor spaces and covered patios
      • 50 new restaurants and retailers offering diverse dining and shopping
      • Unique food hall featuring up-and-coming chef-driven offerings
      • Addition of a museum for community and educational events 
      • Enhanced gathering spaces, including the waterfront
      • boardwalk and elevated deck
      • Programmable outdoor spaces for food, fitness, craft fairs,
      • music, farmers markets, etc.
      • Drought-tolerant landscape pallet that will minimize
      • water usage while aligning with the coastal theme
      • Thoughtful recycling and water run-off filtration system

Parking Structure:

  • Phase 1 of formal construction for the harbor-wide revitalization began February 7 and is anticipated to be completed in 1 year following commencement of construction.
  • The construction site for the three-tiered parking structure will be the current employee parking lot at the corner of Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive.
  • Retail, restaurants, Whale Watching, Sportfishing, and Catalina Express will remain open during the construction and customers will be able to park in the main parking lot
  • By facilitating the project in phases, the Harbor will remain open to public access throughout the construction process, with as little impact on parking, businesses and common areas as possible
  • The 984-stall, state-of-the-art parking structure will include 93 boater dedicated spaces and boater-service amenities including restrooms, showers and changing rooms, a corral of service carts to aid boaters carrying supplies to their boats and a valet drop point for boaters positioned in the gangway to the docks. The new structure will also feature EV charging stations, a significant increase in parking spaces and convenience for Sportfishing, Whale Watching and Catalina Express customers departing from the adjacent Dana Wharf area.

Which new restaurants and shops will be in the Harbor?

  • DPHP has not made any announcements regarding new businesses.
  • To enhance the dining and shopping experience, the revitalized Harbor will offer a diverse mix of cuisines at varying price points along with new and exciting retail concepts.

Will current tenants remain in the Harbor?

Burnham Ward Properties is working with current Harbor tenants to determine if the revitalized Harbor will be a fit for their business.

More Information:

If you have additional questions, please email community@DanaPointHarbor.com and your question will be directed to the appropriate party.

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