ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 12, 2021) — Declaring the “new Beach starts now,” Mayor Harry Sidhu and the Anaheim City Council on Wednesday marked the start of redevelopment at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue in the heart of west Anaheim.
“The new Beach Boulevard starts now,” Mayor Sidhu said. “We know change can’t come fast enough. But, for the first time in years, real change is coming to Beach Boulevard. We will make west Anaheim a place to be proud of.”
The mayor and council members were on hand to mark the construction of Nolin, a community of 65 townhomes by Newport Beach-based Landsea Real Estate California Inc. that is set to open in 2022.
The homes are the first phase of 39 Commons, a 30-acre project that also includes a shopping center, commercial uses and community spaces, with later phases expected to start in 2022.
It is the first redevelopment of the northeast corner of Beach and Lincoln in decades.
The site, a onetime county landfill, has been empty for 15 years. The last use of part of the site was a Tower Records store that closed in 2006. Most of the site has been empty since 1985.
Homebuilding along the northeast corner of Beach and Lincoln is part of larger redevelopment that will bring hundreds of new residents, shopping, dining and community spaces as part of Anaheim’s plan to revitalize west Anaheim.
In late April, 134 townhomes, 100 affordable apartments and 5,000 square feet of retail space across the street at the southeast corner of Beach and Lincoln were approved by Anaheim’s Planning Commission.
The combined projects are a big step forward for Anaheim’s 1.5-mile stretch of Beach Boulevard, which has struggled with blight, public safety and quality-of-life issues for area residents.
The developments are part of Anaheim’s plan to transform Beach’s blighted motels and strip malls with new residents, shopping, restaurants, community gathering places and other uses.
“Soon progress will spread down Beach Boulevard,” said Jose Diaz, Anaheim Council Member for District 1 in west Anaheim. “In years to come, we will have new homes, affordable apartments, shopping and community spaces along this stretch of Beach Boulevard. This represents half a mile of redevelopment.”
The 65 townhomes of 39 Commons are expected to finish in 2022.
A 38,100-square-foot retail center is set to include a high-end grocery store, shops, restaurants, services, outdoor, community spaces and potential commercial uses.
Work on the retail of 39 Commons is expected to start in early 2022 and play out over the next five to 10 years, including potential commercial uses.
The project is a venture of Los Angeles-based Zelman Development Co. and Irvine-based Greenlaw Partners Inc. on land sold and leased by the city of Anaheim.
Southeast Beach, Lincoln
At the southeast corner of Beach and Lincoln, redevelopment is expected to play out over the next few years with a blighted motel, car wash and strip mall giving way to townhomes and affordable apartments.
The project’s retail space will eventually replace a corner gas station.
The 7.3-acre site will bring new homeowners to the area with 134 townhomes for sale, including 14 homes reserved for moderate income buyers based on Orange County’s median annual income of $103,000.
The townhome community also includes a lawn, playground, picnic tables and barbecues.
A separate building built around interior parking will provide 100 affordable apartments as part of Anaheim’s ongoing effort to provide living spaces in reach of working people and families.
The new residents on both sides of Beach and Lincoln are expected to support future stores and restaurants, while both projects are seen leading future redevelopment along Beach.