Anaheim May Buy Red-Tagged Covered Wagon Motel As Part Of Beach Boulevard Improvement

Tomorrow night, the Anaheim City Council will vote on a $6.6 million proposal to purchase the red-tagged Covered Wagon Motel on Beach Boulevard as part of its ongoing efforts to revitalize the troubled corridor and West Anaheim in general. The city intends to re-develop the property as a mixed-use development.

The squalid, 70-room motel was shut down by city officials in March of this year. City authorities described conditions at the Covered Wagon Motel as “inhumane” and “deplorable.”

At the time, there were approximately 25 people were living in the Covered Wagon, including families and seniors. They were paying between $1,000 and $2,000 a month in cash, using an ATM in the motel lobby. Some residents were living in rooms that were boarded up. One man paid $1,000 a month to live in a storage container at the north end of the property.

Officials found human waste and filth in the ruined motel rooms, and often were littered with drug paraphernalia. The occupants of one room fled upon the arrival of city officials, leaving behind syringes, pipes, drug tinfoil, knives, and stolen gift cards.

When city officials knocked on the door of one room, it was answered by a young child who was crying because his mother had been gone for hours.

The city “red-tagged” the dilapidated Covered Wagon Motel for a raft of public health and safety violations including, open electrical wiring, water leaks, sewage problems, no smoke detectors, mold, filth, and squalor.

Under the proposed agreement, the city would buy the property for $6.6 million from owner Crystal Pak. The money will come from affordable housing funds since the city plans to re-develop the property as a “mixed-use development inclusive of varying affordable housing opportunities.”

The purchase is part of a larger city effort to revitalize Beach Boulevard and West Anaheim.

Last October, the dilapidated Americana Motel on Beach Boulevard was torn down  to make way for a mixed-use development that included affordable apartments, for-sale townhomes and 5,000 square feet of retail.

In January of this year, the city launched an intensive effort to clean up the historic corridor, focusing on proactive code enforcement and crime prevention, paralleling existing economic development efforts aimed at attracting new housing and higher-end retail, entertainment and shopping options for West Anaheim residents, along with city investments in neighborhood improvement.

The revitalization is anchored by the 39 Commons project taking shape at the intersection of Beach and Lincoln Avenue – a large-scale development that will include for-sale housing, a specialty supermarket and upscale amenities. Townhomes are now available for sale.

11 comments

  1. Unbelievable how long it took ut took to close down this establishment, knowing how it was.
    We need to see it in writing legally protecting our community from another low income place.
    We will only believe it when we see it.

    It will be great if we stick with the Specific Plan, considering the hundreds of thousands spent surveying our community on what we needed and wanted. Word the contract legally, protect our future Beach blvd.

    And if we do get what we were promised awesome!! But trust no one. Thats west Anaheims motto now.

  2. Lets face it, its election time.

    • When the city came out to shut the hotel my family and I had been Tennant for almost 2 1/2 yes. We are avtt the fam. Who lived there the longest than any of the other Tennant that were thrown into the street like trash. I want someone who really cares about their city what goes on when members of of the city of Anaheim leave their nice offices go home to their nice homes nice little families while people like myself get treated like we aren’t worth anything we don’t have the right connection. I’ve been humiliated stereotyped, embarrassed judged sexually harassed attacked , extorted, manipulated all by the same bunch of thief’s the city now wants to pay this Bitch and her possee money that should have gone to that family like my self who after 2 1/2 yes paid 400 month to people who didn’t even have the right to collect cash. I myself went through 6 different individual claiming to be ‘THE NEW OWNERS” THUGS FROM THE STREET WERE HIRED BY the so called owner at the time Ale,x Crystal, Gabriella, I have a voice and what these people did was lie and steal my son died at the Rainbow he OD the hotel right next door to the covered wagon. The same owner became the last known owner same person whose hotel has had countless deaths due to drug overdoses. Same owner who allegedly was indicted on drug charges.we were promised paycheck for rooms and work we did when we came to the covered wagonI was one of the many Tennant who called the city to complain I was in a room where plumbing was so bad syringes from the upstairs room were coming up thru the shower along with toilet feces and urine my room stayed flooded for 4weeks why because I’m a female and they thought just be sure my husband wasn’t around they can treat me and my fam. Like we are scum. 28 lousy days were paid at a studio 6 motel by city net and after that they washed their hands and said “The city has no funds” interesting but they have funds to by the filth for 6.6 million .they are not getting rid of anything of cleaning it up all they are doing is dressing it up and making it look pretty cause the filth is there behind the mask. I’m still on the street I have a daughter with chronic asthma respiratory failure been hospitalized countless time because all the mold. my fam. Been thru so much emotional distress scared . My husband had medical and mental health issues. So it’s been up to my self to work and go to school . Every where we turn there’s no funds. 6.6 million the city better put my family’s in a home because to top it off Alex received money from all the Tennant x for the EMERGENCY RENT FOR COVID . HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE. THATS WHY THE STATE HAS SO MANY HOMELESS PEOPLE BECAUSE OF IDIVIDUALS LIKE THIS LIKE CITY NET WHO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK WHEN FAM. THAT WERE PUT UP IN THE MOTEL WERE SELLING THE ROOMS TO OTHER PEOPLE. THATS WHERE THE CITY MONEY WENT

      ,so I hope the edition contact s me I’ll give u the real story

  3. When the city came out to shut the hotel my family and I had been Tennant for almost 2 1/2 yes. We are avtt the fam. Who lived there the longest than any of the other Tennant that were thrown into the street like trash. I want someone who really cares about their city what goes on when members of of the city of Anaheim leave their nice offices go home to their nice homes nice little families while people like myself get treated like we aren’t worth anything we don’t have the right connection. I’ve been humiliated stereotyped, embarrassed judged sexually harassed attacked , extorted, manipulated all by the same bunch of thief’s the city now wants to pay this Bitch and her possee money that should have gone to that family like my self who after 2 1/2 yes paid 400 month to people who didn’t even have the right to collect cash. I myself went through 6 different individual claiming to be ‘THE NEW OWNERS” THUGS FROM THE STREET WERE HIRED BY the so called owner at the time Ale,x Crystal, Gabriella, I have a voice and what these people did was lie and steal my son died at the Rainbow he OD the hotel right next door to the covered wagon. The same owner became the last known owner same person whose hotel has had countless deaths due to drug overdoses. Same owner who allegedly was indicted on drug charges.we were promised paycheck for rooms and work we did when we came to the covered wagonI was one of the many Tennant who called the city to complain I was in a room where plumbing was so bad syringes from the upstairs room were coming up tothru the
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  4. When the city came out to shut the hotel my family and I had been Tennant for almost 2 1/2 yes. We are avtt the fam. Who lived there the longest than any of the other Tennant that were thrown into the street like trash. I want someone who really cares about their city what goes on when members of of the city of Anaheim leave their nice offices go home to their nice homes nice little families while people like myself get treated like we aren’t worth anything we don’t have the right connection. I’ve been humiliated stereotyped, embarrassed judged sexually harassed attacked , extorted, manipulated all by the same bunch of thief’s the city now wants to pay this Bitch and her possee money that should have gone to that family like my self who after 2 1/2 yes paid 400 month to people who didn’t even have the right to collect cash. I myself went through 6 different individual claiming to be ‘THE NEW OWNERS” THUGS FROM THE STREET WERE HIRED BY the so called owner at the time Ale,x Crystal, Gabriella, I have a voice and what these people did was lie and steal my son died at the Rainbow he OD the hotel right next door to the covered wagon. The same owner became the last known owner same person whose hotel has had countless deaths due to drug overdoses. Same owner who allegedly was indicted on drug charges.we were promised paycheck for rooms and work we did when we came to the covered wagonI was one of the many Tennant who called the city to complain I was in a room where plumbing was so bad syringes from the upstairs room were coming up thru the shower along with toilet feces and urine my room stayed flooded for 4weeks why because I’m a female and they thought just be sure my husband wasn’t around they can treat me and my fam. Like we are scum. 28 lousy days were paid at a studio 6 motel by city net and after that they washed their hands and said “The city has no funds” interesting but they have funds to by the filth for 6.6 million .they are not getting rid of anything of cleaning it up all they are doing is dressing it up and making it look pretty cause the filth is there behind the mask. I’m still on the street I have a daughter with chronic asthma respiratory failure been hospitalized countless time because all the mold. my fam. Been thru so much emotional distress scared . My husband had medical and mental health issues. So it’s been up to my self to work and go to school . Every where we turn there’s no funds. 6.6 million the city better put my family’s in a home because to top it off Alex received money from all the Tennant x for the EMERGENCY RENT FOR COVID . HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE. THATS WHY THE STATE HAS SO MANY HOMELESS PEOPLE BECAUSE OF IDIVIDUALS LIKE THIS LIKE CITY NET WHO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK WHEN FAM. THAT WERE PUT UP IN THE MOTEL WERE SELLING THE ROOMS TO OTHER PEOPLE. THATS WHERE THE CITY MONEY WENT

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  5. The covered wagon sounds like a fancy version of Anna Drive!

  6. The city manager says theres no talk with Whole Foods Matt. Whats up?
    Thx

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