ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2022) — A plan to transform the area around Honda Center and the ARTIC transit hub is moving forward with plans for 95 acres of new entertainment, shopping and dining, offices, apartments and open space.
Known as OCVibe, the plan will transform the area in years to come with the type of excitement and experiences seen around arenas and stadiums in San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles and other cities, while also being uniquely Anaheim.
The proposal calls for a new concert hall, amphitheater, farmers markets, a food hall, craft breweries and rooftop bars.
Offices would mix indoor and outdoor workspaces, and apartments would include some 200 affordable apartments, all alongside and plazas, paseos and park space.
The City Council on Sept. 27 approved several items for OCVibe, including a development agreement, master site plan, tentative tract map, general plan amendments, zoning changes and an addendum to Platinum Triangle environmental impact report.
A required second vote and final Council approval came on Oct. 4.
Estimated at $4 billion, OCVibe is by Anaheim Real Estate Partners LLC, a company of Anaheim Ducks owners and Honda Center operators Henry and Susan Samueli.
Development would be privately funded with no city revenue, subsidies or rebates. We are working with the developer to issue bonds that would be paid by and entirely the responsibility of the OCVibe development team. We could also work with the OCVibe team on federal and state grant applications for parks and roads that would benefit Anaheim.
OCVibe is the biggest project in Anaheim since the late-1990s expansion of The Anaheim Resort.
It falls under Anaheim’s planning for the Platinum Triangle, the area around Honda Center and Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Our planning calls for a modern, urban village built around sports, entertainment, jobs, public transit and open space.
Already, since the 2000s, the once-industrial area has transformed with apartments, condominiums, restaurants and craft breweries alongside the ARTIC transit center, baseball, hockey and other events.
OCVibe is the type of master planning that stands to bring benefits to Anaheim.
The project is the result of bringing together properties around Honda Center and then master planning them for maximum benefit.
The properties include 16 acres of formerly city-owned parking lots sold in 2019 to what’s today the OCVibe team for development as part of the project.
Road improvements and new parking garages with technology to get people in and out easily are part of the OCVibe plan.
Most parking to visit OCVibe will be free with some parking charges added to concert and other event tickets. That will eliminate lines of vehicles at toll arm entry and exit points.
The project’s design itself would also ease traffic that comes with any new development.
Ideally, someone could both live and work at OCVibe and not have to get in their vehicle for days.
Someone who just works onsite could park a vehicle for the week and utilize ARTIC next door, with a proposed bridge linking the station to the offices and apartments of OCVibe.
Conversely, someone who lives at OCVibe could walk to ARTIC and take public transit to workplaces somewhere else.
And coming to OCVibe for hockey, concerts and other fun would be even easier with better use and integration of ARTIC.
There would also be about 200 affordable apartments onsite or adjacent to the project for households at various levels of annual income.
For residents across our city, OCVibe would bring new entertainment, shopping, dining and outdoor spaces to enjoy.
It also would bring new revenue that will help us fund public safety and community services.
As land around Honda Center gives way to new uses, we would see property values and our share of county property tax revenue go up.
With new shopping and dining, we would see our share of state sales tax increase.
Hotel taxes ― Anaheim’s largest source of funding for public safety, community centers and city obligations ― also would increase as the proposal calls for two news hotels with more than 500 rooms.
Anaheim is estimated to start seeing significant new yearly revenue about five years into development and operation and reach $10 million after the 10-year mark when additional city revenue from digital sign ads starts coming in.
Initial work is expected in late 2022 with the start of construction of parking garages in 2023 and significant overall project completion by the 2028 Olympic Games, when Honda Center hosts indoor Olympic volleyball.
You can learn more at Anaheim.net/OCVibe.