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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Anaheim considers plan to secure baseball, sell stadium site for $320M, transform land

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2020) — The Anaheim City Council tonight is set to consider a plan that would keep Angels Baseball in the city through at least 2050, sell the city’s stadium and land for $320 million and see development of an urban village with homes, hotels, offices, jobs and public transit.

The Council is considering agreements and actions for: 

  • The Angels to play in Anaheim through at least 2050 with five five-year extensions or through 2075.
  • Selling 150 acres of land, including Angel Stadium of Anaheim, for an appraised market value of $320 million.
  • Payment to city of $150 million in cash and $170 million in 466 affordable apartments for working families and a 7-acre flagship public park.
  • Development of stadium land as homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment and parks and open spaces, driving new city revenue from property, sales and hotel taxes.

The Council’s consideration of these items comes after nearly a year of discussions, negotiations and formulation of agreements between the city and SRB Management LLC, made up of Angels owner Arte Moreno and family, and Angels Baseball LP, the operating company for the baseball team.

The proposed plan caps unsuccessful attempts in 2013-14 and 2016 to secure baseball’s long-term future in Anaheim and development around the stadium.

You can read more history and background here.

Angels in Anaheim

The team has played in Anaheim since 1966, and with the proposed agreement would commit to play at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, or any replacement stadium, for 30 years or more.

The team would play regular home games in Anaheim, with exceptions for any games played abroad, as the Angels did in 2019 serving as home team for a two-game series against the Houston Astros in Monterrey, Mexico. 

The commitment agreement, between the city and Angels Baseball, precludes relocation of the team to another city, an issue that came up in 2014 when the Angels looked at potential sites in Los Angeles, Carson, Irvine and Tustin, and in 2018-19 when the team looked at Long Beach. 

Selling stadium, land

The city of Anaheim, which built the stadium in 1966 and has owned it since, would sell the stadium and 150 acres of land for $320 million to SRB Management.

The land around the stadium would see development, while the stadium is expected to be renovated or replaced by a new one.

A sale would end 50-plus years of city stadium ownership and put any future maintenance, renovation or stadium construction costs solely in the hands of SRB Management.

Payment: cash

The city would see $150 million in cash from the sale, including $45 million due in October.

That would add to $5 million paid in December 2019 with City Council approval of an initial purchase and sale agreement.

The remaining $100 million would be in equal yearly payments starting in late 2021 or early 2022 at 2.35 percent interest, projected at $4.7 million.

Payment: affordable apartments, park

The balance of the $320 million purchase price would come in the form of 466 affordable apartments at $123.7 million and a 7-acre flagship public park at $46.2 million.

Anaheim sought these community benefits as part of the proposal to ensure homes for working families and a park for our entire city as part of future development on the site.

Without the agreement, SRB, as buyer and developer, would not be required to provide affordable homes and would not be required to provide additional park space beyond the 5.2 acres that are part of the proposed development plan.

For $123.7 million, SRB will provide 466 affordable apartments built alongside market-rate apartments in what’s known as inclusionary affordable housing, which creates economically mixed communities.

More than half of the affordable apartments, 259, would be for a category known as very low income households earning 50 percent of the county’s median income.

The rest, 207, would be for lower income households at about 80 percent of the county’s median income.

Beyond 466 affordable homes, SRB would be required to make sure 15 percent of all homes are affordable, building up to 311 additional affordable apartments at its own cost for low and moderate income households at up to 120 percent of the county median income.

At a cost of $46.2 million, the proposed park would go well beyond an everyday park, with extensive landscaping, mature trees, fountains, experience spaces, art, play areas, open spaces and free public parking. 

The idea is to create an iconic park like San Diego’s Balboa Park or Griffith in Los Angeles. The best example of a park of similar size and cost is Santa Monica’s Tongva Park, a 6.2-acre, $42 million park opened in 2013 and considered one of Southern California's best parks.

Development

A master site plan for the stadium land calls for development of parking lots as homes,  hotels, restaurants, shops, parks and public spaces.

The idea is to create the kind of setting seen around stadiums in San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis and Chicago or arenas in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Anaheim has long planned for the redevelopment of the stadium area and has already seen apartments, breweries, restaurants and offices replace warehouses and other older uses in the past decade.

In coming years, SRB’s stadium development plan would see up to:

  • Housing: 5,175 apartments and condominiums with 777 affordable apartments throughout
  • Office: 2.7 million square feet
  • Commercial: 1.75 million square feet of retail, restaurants, hotels 
  • Hotels: 943 rooms
  • Parks: 7-acre flagship city park, plus 5.2 acres of community park space required with development

The plan also calls for a renovated Angel Stadium of Anaheim or a new 45,000-seat stadium.

Anaheim’s City Council can reject or approve the proposed plan. If approved, two parts of the plan would go before the Council again on Oct. 6 in what’s known as a second reading for adopting ordinances.

Those two items are a disposition and development agreement covering development of the land and an amendment to the zoning section of Anaheim’s Municipal Code.

If the proposal is rejected, Anaheim and the team’s ownership would fall back to the current lease for the city-owned stadium, which dates back to 1996 and runs through 2029 with options to extend through 2038.

It's always possible a future proposal could be brought for City Council consideration.

You can see agreements and much more at Anaheim.net/BigA. Follow along tonight on Twitter at @City_of_Anaheim.

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