Will One Broadway Plaza, Santa Ana Freudian Project for City Council, Finally Get Built?

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Wow, I gotta hop on the wayback machine to remember what was the first time I wrote about One Broadway Plaza, the proposed 37-story office tower in a residential SanTana neighborhood that would be the tallest building in Orange County history AND the biggest Freudian monument yet erected for the SanTana's City Council's deluded, Norma Desmond-esque vision of itself. 2003? 2004? I forget, so convoluted this sordid episode is.

Anyhoo, you'll remember that everyone assumed developer Mike Harrah had to fill up the building at least 50 percent before beginning construction, because that's what the City Council asked him to do. That went out the window as soon as Harrah cried that he couldn't make on his word, crying to his puppets, Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Pulido and councilwoman/political pendeja Claudia Alvarez to change the rules. Harrah would've started construction if not for a lawsuit by good residents that halted construction until Harrah reached his impossible-to-reach 50-percent threshold.

Well, the bad guys won yesterday.

As reported by the Voice of OC, the Fourth District Court of Appeals reversed a previous decision by an Orange County Superior Court judge that made Harrah stick to what he signed. The activists might appeal, but it doesn't look good for those of us who know how dirty politics work in the Banana Republic. Hey, maybe I should start reporting on the city again instead of concentrating on Klukkers so much...


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Tony Velloza
Tony Velloza

Turn this building into one of the world's first (and largest) vertical farms. It'll create dozens of engineering, business, and general labor jobs while insourcing revenue to downtown. Not to mention, it'll capture the nations' imagination as SA leads the way in agriculture of the 21st Century. Perhaps this is too revolutionary.

Bwoppy123
Bwoppy123

I go to the school right across the street from there (Orange County High School of the Arts).

Well...at least it's better than staring into an ugly lot all day long.I think it's gonna look pretty bitchin when it's all finished.And while we're on that topic, how long will it take? Cuz I don't want to spend the rest of my Soph/Junior/Senior year watching this thing accend up into the sky, and grauduate RIGHT before it's finished.

As long as they keep quiet and not make too much noise and comotion, I think it'll be all good. I kinda like that there's gonna be more "life," next to the school, instead of that crappy desolate lot next door.

But yah, you seem like you know a good chunk of information on this. How long will it take?

junior
junior

It seems to me that since the City’s argument in favor of Measure A, which was on the ballot, referred to the development agreement in a manner which provided certain assurances to the citizens who voted in favor of Measure A – that the DA would therefore be an integral part of Measure A.So we see again that the City of Santa Ana has many ways in which to screw the people of San Ana over.“Vote for Measure A and we will provide a development agreement which will make sure it is all done right” – and then make significant changes to the DA which negate the City’s “fine” assurances.That is a “bait and switch” if I have ever seen one.

Aonon
Aonon

Did Harrah buy off planning commissioner Sean Mill with a trip to Hawaii?

909Jeff
909Jeff

the Fourth District Court of Appeals reversed a previous decision by an Orange County Superior Court judge that made Harrah stick to what he signed.I'm just amazed no one has pointed out the blatant double standard here... Anytime a law is passed in this state and the Libtards dont like it they file a lawsuit (Generally in LA or SF where they are more likely to get a Liberal judge to legislate from the bench) and get the law overturned.

Looks like big business just took a page from your playbook.  

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Oh Dr. Freud, oh Dr. Freud, how I wish you had been differently employed...

mitch young
mitch young

Change is your friend, Gustavo. Why do you fear change?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"Hey, maybe I should start reporting on the city again instead of concentrating on Klukkers so much..."

Agreed.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I'd be surprised if it's ever built, young padewan...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I love change--your kind (Know Nothing losers) is disappearing, my kind (nerds) is ascendant!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

So Mr. Dickman (if that's your real name), what do you have against creating jobs?  A building of this size will require a huge amount of construction workers, and when it's finished, it will be filled with high paying jobs.  Where's the problem?

Bwoppy123
Bwoppy123

Hahahaha!!

I saw some cranes in the site (that I've never seen before), on the last day of school before Winter Break...so I don't know what they're doing. I just wish something would fill that lot...A park? A pond? Anything!

Jeff Dickman
Jeff Dickman

Yep, Jeff Dickman has been my name for a good long time.

20ft (I'll assume that is indeed you given name), the OBP the economic report for OBP stated it would generate about $310k worth of tax revenue per year. The revenue to the City is lost due to the cost to operate and maintain additional city services. As for the construction jobs, they are temporary. The cost in time lost to area businesses and area residents to accomodate the 30,000 weekly car trips will keep traffic flow at the "F" rating for a much longer period of time (basically you will spend more time waiting for lights to change).

The OBP site is part of the larger Midtown Specific Plan. I support the proposed development identified in this plan. That plan calls for new Class A office space (like OBP, but spread out), new shops, restaurants and some green space. OBP is a political favor to the developer by the Mayor. If the Mayor had any interest in improving this area the city he would have placed some energy toward developing the area long ago. Its a pay to play city so the Midtown Plan withered and, partly, OBP is the result. A mayor looking for a project - not a plan looking for good growth.

I've learned that good planning tends to result in good results. With a high-density city, over-taxed  infrastructure, and narrow streets, OBP may put the mdtown area over the top and cause it to further decline and not grow.

Master development plans, covering a larger area than OBP, is what is needed to promote small and medium business and provide services the community will need.

Big does not translate to a "good" and improper growth can kill.

If you like what you see in OBP, buy a place French Park and enjoy the ride.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

PLEASE do not be an apologist for Mike Harrah and Don Papi Pulido. Don't wade into stuff you don't even understand...

junior
junior

This monstrosity does not belong in that location - who wants to spend 30 - 40 minutes on Santa Ana's surface streets just going between this 37 story building and the freeway each way?

He won't be able to get it leased out enough to make the payments.  It could end up being a partially built steel skeleton 10 or 20 stories tall.

Have you seen the 4 story rusting steel skeleton of a building that has been sitting at the corner of Brookhurst and Garden Grove Blvd. for going on 3 years?  Imagine that - but 12 stories tall.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

At this time, given the state of our economy, I think creating jobs at the expense of increased traffic is reasonable; unless, of course, you're an OCW employee.

junior
junior

For one thing - there is no way to mitigate the traffic nightmare that the crush of employees will bring every morning and afternoon from that building to the freeway.

mitch young
mitch young

Industrial/High rise construction still employs a lot of white guys and other Americans; Klavito doesn't care about the job angle unless Mexicans get the work.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I just want to know what's wrong with creating jobs?

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