It's a new day for baseball in Anaheim as we start work with the Angels, guided by a goal of an agreement that first benefits residents while also working for the team and fans, Mayor Harry Sidhu writes in today's Orange County Register.
Mayor Sidhu outlines where we are at and our general vision for the future of baseball in Anaheim in a commentary in Friday's print edition of the Orange County Register. While too early for specifics, the mayor writes that any agreement must first benefit Anaheim's residents and neighborhoods.
"Done right, a new Angels agreement will secure the next generation of baseball in Orange County while creating lasting economic benefit for Anaheim’s neighborhoods for years to come," he said.
Sidhu also outlines how Anaheim sees baseball as a key part of our vision for the Platinum Triangle, the 820-acre area including the stadium, neighboring Honda Center and the ARTIC transit hub.
The Platinum Triangle is seeing $1.5 billion in current and near-term investment to create a downtown built around sports and entertainment with urban-style homes, breweries, restaurants and workplaces.
"With more than 150 acres of land around the stadium, we have the opportunity to create the kind of excitement seen around sports venues across the country while maintaining the unrivaled fan convenience of Angel Stadium," he said.
At this early stage, one thing is clear, Sidhu said.
"We are not revisiting the contentious debate of 2013, when an early framework included a placeholder $1 a year lease of land for development to fund stadium improvements that neither the city nor the Angels ever intended as an actual deal point. Regardless, that was six years ago, and an entirely different time and dynamic for our city. Today, we have a new City Council with a fresh perspective and renewed resolve to address what has been a matter deferred for far too long."
You can read Sidhu's commentary at the Orange County Register's website by clicking here.