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OC Register: Angels owner unveils plan for homes, offices and better fan experience with stadium development plan


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If Angels owner Arte Moreno’s long-term plans are realized, baseball fans will someday be able to grab a meal, browse some shops or relax in a 5-acre park just steps from the stadium, or stay in a hotel overlooking the iconic ballpark.

That enhanced fan experience is part of a master plan for the future of the stadium site that Moreno’s business partnership filed with the city of Anaheim on Tuesday, June 23.

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    The Stadium Development Plan is a proposed 30-year master plan that would bring “a diverse housing, transit-oriented and walkable community to the Platinum Triangle – all anchored by parks, offices, public spaces, shops, restaurants and entertainment entirely connected to Angels Baseball.” (Courtesy of SRB Management)

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    The plan for developing the Angel Stadium property includes improving the connection to the ARTIC transportation center, by opening the outfield to “create a dramatic new entrance to the stadium surrounded by a wide range of retail, dining and entertainment experiences to be enjoyed game day and every day.” (Courtesy of SRB Management)

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    The plan for the development of the Angel Stadium property would create a 5-acre central gathering place along with an additional five-acres of linear parks, landscaped paths and playing fields. (Courtesy of SRB Management)

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    The development plan for the Angel Stadium property envisions guests arriving on game days via local transportation hubs and parking area will be able “to enjoy two dynamic retail, dining and entertainment hubs on the property in the future.” (Courtesy of SRB Management)

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    Thousands of rental cars sit in the parking lot of Angel Stadium due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, May 7, 2020. A plan for developing the parking lots was submitted to the city by Angels’ owner Arte Moreno on June 23. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The much anticipated plan lays out a vision for the 153-acre stadium site as a community with homes and offices, shopping, dining and other entertainment – and it reserves “flex space” that gives Moreno the option to someday replace the 1966 stadium with a new ballpark, a decision he has not yet made.

It comes just as Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli are expected to file their vision for land around the Honda Center with the city this week, which is expected to include similar and complementary development. Taken together, the two sites when built out are expected to create a sports and entertainment-centered powerhouse that will draw visitors, house residents and businesses, create jobs, and pump money back into the economies of Anaheim and Orange County.

Anaheim officials have long expected the stadium property and the surrounding Platinum Triangle district to be developed with urban-style homes, offices and entertainment businesses. But the new plan – shepherded by Moreno’s business partnership, SRB Management – only became possible after SRB and the city agreed in December to move from a stadium lease to a sale agreement, SRB Management spokeswoman Marie Garvey said.

The sale hasn’t yet closed, and the master plan made public Tuesday is one of several steps toward completing the deal. Garvey noted it is conceptual and some details could change as the plan is finalized.

“The Stadium Development Plan will realize the vision of the Platinum Triangle decades before the currentlease allows,” Moreno said in a statement. “This plan is an important step in creating a driving economic force, while investing in Anaheim’s future.”

Had the Angels not opted out of of their lease for the city-owned stadium in late 2018, they would have been locked in for at least another decade.

Under the plan, baseball would remain front and center but would be part of a diverse, walkable community with office buildings (2.7 million square feet) flanking the stadium to the north and south, and residential development (5,175 units) to the south and west with a 5-acre urban park at its heart. Two hotels would offer a total of 943 rooms, and restaurants, shops and entertainment would add another 1.1 million square feet to the development.

The city asked for some of the housing to qualify as affordable; city and SRB officials are still negotiating how many units that would include.

The plan also calls for opening up the stadium’s outfield to let people stroll out to a fan experience area, where they could sip a beer at a brewery, take their pick of several restaurants, see live music or enjoy pre- or post-game festivities.

“This plan has the potential to bring the great experiences of baseball cities such as San Diego or Chicago to Anaheim, and I look forward to reviewing it with my council colleagues,” Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu said in a statement. “Not only does this proposal speak to our vision for baseball in Anaheim, the investment it represents will help move our city past the economic impacts of coronavirus in years to come.”

The parking lot where the Big A now stands would become the flex space, which Garvey said could be used for outdoor entertainment, tailgating on game days, and community events such as a farmers market when baseball isn’t being played.

Parking structures around the site and some minor retooling of roads leading in and out are expected to make it easy for visitors to get there and away, but Garvey said the plans also take advantage of the ARTIC transit station just across the 57 freeway.

“This is going to be a unique community – you won’t find it anywhere else in Southern California,” Garvey said.

“It’s really taking the entire vision of the Platinum Triangle, everything they wanted to accomplish, and putting it on this property.”

In 2004, city leaders approved a master plan for the area that authorized development of more than 17,000 homes, 13 million square feet of office space and 4 million square feet of commercial space spread over the 591-acre district.

The Anaheim City Council is expected to take up the stadium property plan this fall along with a development agreement that would spell out additional community benefits; the plan reserves space for a future police or fire station or community center.

When completed, the Angel Stadium development is projected to create 45,300 jobs and have a $7 billion impact on the local economy, according to SRB Management.

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Ranger fans aren't that impressed with their new stadium.

"Rangers sold their soul for A/C... The new stadium is the most boring ugliest thing I’ve seen in awhile. To go from the ballpark in Arlington, to this airplane hanger, looks like a metal shop building."

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/mlb/news/new-rangers-ballpark/17bvwgc10633w1qrb2lurgx517

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