peter panThe city is planning to spruce up the segment of Beach Boulevard running from Lincoln Avenue to Ball Road, a stretch of streetscape that has seen better days.

“Improve the Boulevard” is made possible, in part, by a $500,000 grant from the state government’s Strategic Growth Council under the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program. It will help fund the creation of a Beach Boulevard Specific Plan (BBSP) focused on the Beach Boulevard corridor.

From the City of Anaheim website:

West Anaheim residents generally live in well-maintained neighborhoods. However, many residents report feeling unsafe in their neighborhood due, in large part, to the negative impacts associated with the Beach Boulevard corridor. The purpose of the BBSP is to improve the image and economic potential of West Anaheim’s corridors by creating the land use framework to guide and encourage future public and private investment in the area.

A meaningful, inclusive, and transparent community engagement process is critical to the success of this planning effort. The project’s website,, is an on-line interactive forum where the community can learn more about the project, provide input and hear from others on the vision for West Anaheim and more specifically, Beach Boulevard. Further, an extensive schedule of community meetings is planned as part of this project. Please join us for the first major community outreach event on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Haskett Library Branch located at 2650 West Broadway, Anaheim. (Click here for the event flyer).

From the OC Register:

A plan will be drawn up aimed at spurring private development along Beach, roughly between Lincoln Avenue and Ball Road, along with surrounding neighborhoods, city spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz said.

Anaheim officials will review land-use regulations, economic conditions and community input to figure out how to spruce up the area.

Hmmm. Sounds like this Beach Boulevard Specific Plan could be a Trojan Horse for sneaking through special treatment for the Beach Boulevard corridor that is not afforded to other parts of Anaheim, giving the Beach Boulevard corridor an unfair advantage of other areas of the city!

Snarkiness aside, this precinct of Anaheim is in serious need of renewal. Here’s wishing success to this endeavor.