Mike Harrah Claims He's Finally Found the Tenant That will Allow Him to Build 37-Story One Broadway Plaza

Credit for this story goes to the Orange County Business Journal's Rick Reiff, who is actually breaking the news when Inside OC with Rick Reiff airs tomorrow at 1 p.m., which we taped this afternoon but he allowed me to pre-break because he's re-breaking the news in his Monday OCBJ column...wait, are we in Back to the Future?

Anyhoo, Rick's scoop is this: Mike Harrah, the notorious SanTana developer who has for years wanted to build a Freudian testament to his manhood One Broadway Plaza, a 37-story office tower that would be the tallest in Orange County, has finally found a company willing to lease at least 50 percent of his building. Why is this crucial? Because according to a 2005 referendum that allowed him to build a skyscraper in a residential neighborhood, Harrah wasn't allowed to begin construction until that threshold was reached.
Of course, that didn't sit well with Harrah, who magically added four stories to his as-yet-built tower earlier this year. Last year, Harrah also convinced the SanTana City Council to drop that threshold, which led to community activists filing a lawsuit; last week, a judge ruled that the issue must go back to the voters.

But Harrah told Reiff in a phone interview that the issue is moot; he has found a company that will lease at least 50 percent of One Broadway Plaza, that the contract will be signed in August, and the groundbreaking on the project will begin in the fall. Who's the gullible company? Harrah, of course, wouldn't disclose to Reiff--and if he wouldn't tell Rick, who's all for it, there's no way in hell he'd tell us, even if we did rent one of his buildings for a couple of years.

Of course, we've heard this from Harrah for years, so let's see what happenes...

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Damon
Damon

I have a hard time believing Harrah's finally gotten this done considering how long it's been, but I actually hope that it's finally going to happen.

I have never understood the severe backlash from some people over this- there are already a sizable number of tall buildings at the civic center & in midtown, with the many suits commuting into downtown every day. It's not like they want to raze a preschool in the middle of a poor residential tract to build the thing.After all, why should Santa Ana let Irvine take all the property tax money from corporations that want to blow a ton of cash on nice office space?

annomouse
annomouse

Mike Harrah is a blowhard and a liar. His huge ego/building got dealt a blow by the judge last week and this is just a smoke screen to convince everyone that he hasn't been castrated.The only one fooled by this caca is Pedroza.

Lapbanddan
Lapbanddan

Well, if we go up to the top We'll be able to see our houses in Irvine and Long Beach!

heheheee!

Danc & Chrissy

mitch young
mitch young

C'mon, why the hate. Plenty of jobs for Mexicans will be created, cleaning offices, emptying trash, landscaping.

Once again we see the contradictory policy preferences of OC Weakly staff -- on the one hand they oppose just about any development which will give people places to live and work, and on the other hand they are for open borders. What's the plan, have the entire population of  central Mexico living 10 families to a Section 8 subsidized house while paying for frijoles with EBT cards?

Tmare
Tmare

There are three schools within a block of this. One school is directly across the street. This is going to be a nightmare for the parents who already have to pay to park just to volunteer in their children's schools. The traffic is horrible already.

Improve SanTana
Improve SanTana

I hope the building goes up as quickly as possible and is filled to capacity. If the people living near it don't like it, they can give their 30 days notice and move back to Mexico.

Micheal
Micheal

I still believe that the Building is going to be a local nightmare. The never said how they are going to handle all of the extra traffic that is going be be in the area if the building ever fills up. Myself I wild never concider renting in the building. I have friends that live in the area that are concerned that the building will block most of the direct sunlight to their homes and no one would even address that issue when questioned.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Once again, we see Mitchie Young's vile obsession with anything and everything Mexican. Dude, just move in with Marty Cox in Boise already...

mitch young
mitch young

That's might be a plan, if there was an independent 'Cascadia' with its own --tight-- immigration policy. As things stand now, however, where Anglos go, everyone else follows.

mitch young
mitch young

 I'm concerned about you, Gustavo. You seem focused on the sexual lately, with a strong whiff of homoeroticism. What's the matter? Dry spell?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I'm sure Marty will be your bed buddy, being the upstanding White you are...

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