I am excited to announce long-awaited economic development plans for West Anaheim!

The time has come to move development forward. At our June 18 City Council meeting, I will direct staff to agendize the necessary approvals to move forward in order to have plans before the Council by our July 30 meeting.

When I campaigned for Mayor, too many West Anaheim residents told me they felt like their community was ignored by City Hall. The new Beach Blvd. Specific Plan was welcomed, but the long vacant site at Beach Blvd and Lincoln Avenue has become symbolic of the lack of action to address the quality of life for West Anaheim neighborhoods.

I made a promise to residents of West Anaheim that I would take decisive action if elected Mayor.

As Mayor I have now worked with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and our City management and economic development team to explore all economic development opportunities that meet the vision West Anaheim residents have for that site.

Yesterday, I met with nearly a dozen West Anaheim community leaders, including representatives of Anaheim First’s Advisory Council in Districts 1 and 2, leaders from WAND, and those active in the formation of the Beach Blvd. Specific Plan, to update them on my plan to fulfill this promise.

I shared a comprehensive plan, to build a high-end development with a range of outstanding dining options, retail, market, and community spaces at the site, along with for-sale townhomes and rental workforce housing at the Beach and Lincoln site – as well as land that will be developed across Lincoln and down the east side of Beach Blvd. This plan will also maximize our chances for a high-quality grocery market with measures to ensure we are successful.

There will be no more empty talk about neighborhood development in West Anaheim. Instead we will start investing in West Anaheim!