ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 4, 2019) — The city of Anaheim has put together a negotiating team for when formal talks begin about the future of baseball in the city.
The negotiating team is made up of Mayor Harry Sidhu representing the City Council and City Manager Chris Zapata and City Attorney Rob Fabela on behalf of the city administration.
“This is an important issue for our community,” Mayor Sidhu said during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “I want everyone to know we are ready to move forward.”
The city of Anaheim is in the early stages of looking at a new long-term lease for Angels Baseball at the site of city-owned Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The city’s appraisal of land around the stadium is underway and is expected to be shared with the City Council in July, City Manager Zapata said in an update during Tuesday’s meeting.
Zapata also recapped a May 20 meeting with Angels President John Carpino and other team representatives in which Zapata provided an update to the team on the timing of the city’s appraisal process.
He also shared with the team the city’s vision for the Platinum Triangle, the 820-acre area that’s home to the stadium, Honda Center and the ARTIC transit hub.
With a goal of progress by the end of the year, the Angels shared with Zapata that they are focused on Anaheim and have added an architectural firm, engineering firm and financial adviser to their consultant team, the city manager reported on Tuesday.
The firms join Newport Beach-based development consultant Brooks Street, which the Angels hired in March to evaluate opportunities as part of a potential agreement with Anaheim.
While still in the early stages, a new lease could include development around the stadium as part of the Platinum Triangle, which is emerging as an urban village built around sports, homes, shops, jobs and public transit.
Any agreement would go before our City Council for approval with details shared with the community beforehand.
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