OC Register: Lease deal approved as Laguna Niguel again looks to convert a long-vacant courthouse into the city’s downtown

The courthouse in Laguna Niguel, shown here in 2011, closed in 2008, as the county had looked to expand the facility. But now, the county has approved a master lease agreement with a developer to create a mixed-use development in the lot (Register file photo)

The courthouse in Laguna Niguel, shown here in 2011, closed in 2008, as the county had looked to expand the facility. But now, the county has approved a master lease agreement with a developer to create a mixed-use development in the lot (Register file photo)

The county is ready to let go of its old courthouse property in Laguna Niguel, which city leaders hope will become the heart of the city’s downtown.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors agreed last week to a lease deal that could result in a $210 million mixed-use development, with a big food hall, commercial and retail space and housing replacing the long-vacant South County Justice Center at Alicia and Crown Valley parkways. City leaders still have to sign off on the developers’ vision.

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(Register file photo)