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Posted on: July 30, 2019

39 Commons project moves forward in west Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 30, 2019) — West Anaheim is closer to seeing a long-awaited shopping center with a grocery store at Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue with a development agreement approved Tuesday by Anaheim’s City Council.

The agreement, with Los Angeles-based Zelman Development Co. and Irvine-based Greenlaw Partners Inc., covers 30 acres of land at Beach and Lincoln and calls for a high-end grocery store lease by July 2022 and the grocery store opening within two years of striking a lease.

It also calls for 38,100 square feet of additional shops, restaurants and services along Beach.

On Lincoln, up to 65 townhomes for sale are set to be built on 3.1 acres. The homes would bring new residents who would help attract and support a grocery store and other businesses, all for the benefit of everyone in west Anaheim.

Known as 39 Commons, the project also is set to include outdoor and community spaces, and, in later phases, potentially a hotel and other businesses.

Once it secures other city approvals, initial work on the site could start in early 2020.

You can see our 39 Commons fact sheet here.

Revitalizing Beach

A former landfill site, 39 Commons would finally transform a corner that has been vacant since the 1980s.

The project is a key part of Anaheim’s effort to revitalize the 1.5 miles of Beach Boulevard that runs through west Anaheim.

Once a thriving route to the coast, Beach today is challenged by blight from outdated motels, strip malls and quality-of-life issues for west Anaheim residents.

The agreement for 39 Commons includes the sale and lease of city-owned land at Beach and Lincoln.

The developers are buying 12 acres for $5.6 million, a price that reflects high construction costs that are expected on the former landfill site.

The developers are leasing the remaining 18 acres starting at $66,000 annually for the first five years and then $132,000 for the next five years with additional increases after that.

Safeguards

Development at Beach and Lincoln has been a subject of discussion for years, often to the disappointment of west Anaheim residents who had hoped to see the site developed by now.

To ensure 39 Commons goes forward, the developers are making a $150,000 down payment plus a $1.3 million deposit for a grocery store desired by west Anaheim residents.

Both the down payment and deposit would be retained by the city if the project doesn’t move forward or if a grocery store is not secured at 39 Commons.

The vision for 39 Commons follows the model of downtown Anaheim, where some 2,000 new homes and residents added in the past 10 years have helped revitalize the area and support the Packing House, Center Street Promenade and other businesses in the area.

39 Commons is part of the larger Beach Boulevard Specific Plan, which seeks to bring new shopping, restaurants, community gathering places, homes and other uses to area through new zoning and flexible development.

The specific plan allows for street-front buildings, outdoor dining and plazas and corner promenades. It also streamlines the planning and approval process for businesses.

You can see our Beach Boulevard fact sheet here.

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