by Susan Christian Goulding
More than 200 new homes have gotten the green light.
On Feb. 6, the Tustin City Council approved the construction of a 218-unit residential complex in the Tustin Legacy – a 1,600-acre master-planned community under development on the former Marine Corp Air Station.
The vote cleared the way for CalAtlantic Group to build the complex, to be called Levity, on 15 acres bounded by Tustin Ranch Road, Victory Road and Park Avenue.
Levity will be adjacent to the 375-unit Greenwood, the first single-family homes project in Tustin Legacy.
Levity will feature both town homes and three-story houses ranging in size from 1,400 square feet to 3,000 square feet.
“The specific intent is to bring something more attainable for young couples, families and empty nesters,” Mayor Al Murray said.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but Murray said, “We expect these houses to be less expensive than other homes over there.”
The Greenwood homes were priced at up to $1 million when built.
Levity will feature a half-acre community center with a swimming pool and barbecues.
During a discussion about the project at a January City Council meeting, Councilwoman Becky Gomez expressed concern the development would not include enough open space to attract families with young children.
But Murray predicted that Tustin’s “highly touted school system” will be the draw.
“Parents will sacrifice a back yard for a good school,” he said.
Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, with model homes open for tours in early 2019.