On Monday, the Anaheim Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the ocV!BE project – an ambitious, 95-acre sports/entertainment/dining/residential/office mixed development project proposed by Henry and Susan Samueli that will transform the space surrounding the Honda Center.
The Samueli’s own the Anaheim Ducks hockey team and Anaheim Arena Management, the entity that manages the city-owned Honda Center arena. The Samueli’s purchased the land surrounding the arena from the city in 2018.
The project is billed as a “one-of-a-kind, mixed-use, master-planned community and entertainment destination that allows local residents, tenants and other guests to curate their own experience while offering something for everyone.”
The project will be completed in several phases between 2025 and 2035. It will include:
- 1,500 apartments, of which at least 195 will be affordable units.
- More than 35 restaurants.
- Two hotels with a combined 550 rooms.
- 20 acres of parks and plazas, including a 5-acre riverfront park, a 5-acre “wellness” park, more than 3 miles of public trails and bridges and access to the Santa Ana River Trail.
- 6 entertainment venues featuring 30,000 seats, including a 5,700 seat concert venue and 6,000 person capacity outdoor amphitheater.
The project will also include farmers markets, a food hall, craft breweries and rooftop bars.
ocV!BE is planned as a transit-oriented development. It will integrate the ARTIC transit center (which is management by AAM) into the project, and a pedestrian bridge over Katella Avenue will connect the arena side of ocV!BE to the ARTIC side. The project will include several parking structures offering more than 7,000 parking spaces.
The project will also include 1 million square feet of office space, and is designed with sustainability in mind. On-site solar panels will generate about 6 megawatts of electricity and 75% of the water used will be non-imported water from the Orange County Water District.
The economic impact will be enormous: an estimated 10,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs. The project build-out will generate an expected $2 billion economic impact, with a project annual economic output of $400 million.
ocV!BE now goes to the Anaheim City Council for consideration on September 27 and again in early October.