Buena Park Touts Another Mega-Development in Perpetually Fruitless Campaign to be Relevant Beyond Knott's

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Buena Park's savior?
The winter issue of Buena Park Today published earlier this week filling in the "Center of the Southland" on local happenings. First among the features was the excitement that the city's skyline has begun to change. No, the Peanuts gang isn't building another roller coaster over at Knott's Berry Farm, but construction is well underway for "The Source at Beach."

The highly touted shopping center on the corner of Beach Boulevard and Orangethorpe Avenue is being developed on a 12.5 acre plot and promises to offer a "world-class retail and entertainment experience." But will it save Buena Park?

The most significant development project in decades for the city, The Source at Beach will be the handy work of M&D Properties. They're the folks behind Plaza Mexico in Lynwood. As the newsletter to Buena Park residents mentions, restaurants, retail outlets, entertainment, office space, a Hyatt Place Hotel and residential units are on their way.

A conceptual video of what's to come looks like a cross-section between the Crystal Cathedral and the GardenWalk.

The first phase of The Source at Beach is slated to be completed around this time next year. The Buena Park city council moved forward late last month on supporting the concept of a $3.4 million dollar project to beautify and brand Beach Boulevard as well as the 91 freeway off-ramps with their efforts running parallel with the timeline of The Source.

As the steel beams go up on the Buena Park intersection, will the project thrive? Other development areas have a reputation for flopping. A litany of empty storefronts surround the Krikorian movie theater at the Buena Park Mall. (Did that Sky Bar ever open?)

Knott's Berry Farm makes more than half of its revenue during the surface street clogging days of Halloween Haunt. The most notable thing happening on Beach Boulevard these days is the Bodies Exhibition at the shuttered Wax Museum. My artist friend Sal Lopez and I touted backyard parties and binges at Tacos Mexico over other Buena Park attractions in the Weekly's 2013 Summer Guide.

With that backdrop and reputation for development duds, can The Source be a force? Stay tuned!

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18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

A cross section between the Crystal cathedral and Garden Walk - oh the joy.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Najmia Manjoo We're relevant?

refractario213
refractario213

Am I the only one to notice this? But that is not even a gay flag! It is the Italian PEACE flag and has nothing to do with homosexuality. The colors on the gay flag are different and it does not say "PACE" (Italian for "peace") on it. So what's all the commotion? Kind of comical that so many people are up in arms about a flag's supposed gayness. Don't tell the pope (or any macho Italian) that we think their flag is "queer"! LOL

Mike Castner
Mike Castner

hurry up and build it and pay a living wage to workers on the project i used to live in Anaheim Ca

Hank Ramey
Hank Ramey

To compete with Naziheim, figures.

Randolph B Brummett
Randolph B Brummett

they're finally constructing that thing. good maybe it will bring business to the area. no one shops at the buena park mall at the moment

Josh English
Josh English

Thanks OC Weekly! :-) That is the most hilarious headline I've read all day thus far.

Samantha Madrid
Samantha Madrid

Shaylin Madrid; Amy Giseburt Drust still not going back ;)

Guccii Man
Guccii Man

So. Prostitutes will be standing in front of this new mall? Sorry beach blvd will ALWAYS be known for one thing.

BuzzRadio Steve
BuzzRadio Steve

Never happen, that area is shit. Even Disney couldn't fix Anaheim : /

Victor Limoguy Valladares
Victor Limoguy Valladares

Thats great they advertise themselves as the CENTER OF SOCAL but first they gotta FIX THE CRACKHEAD PROBLEMS ALL OVER THE BLVD

Michael DeGuzman
Michael DeGuzman

Hugo Boss, Tiffany's, Armani in Buena Park?!?! NOT. This place will be run with a Daiso and Korean mom and pop shops. If they're lucky maybe an Old Navy and a Krikorian theater. Ha

Steven Sherman
Steven Sherman

I will not step for in that shopping center. .. They destroyed karutas

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

Right across from my Fuddruckers, will get busier, I work very near!

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

Let's hope it makes BP relatively more interesting than the rest of OC. & as dangerous as Times Square in the 70s.

Marathon Mitch
Marathon Mitch

Hope they open another strip club nearby like the Time Square does. :-)

Mike Bautista
Mike Bautista

I can see the future of another great Norwalk indoor in the making!

Belinda Ramos
Belinda Ramos

It's hard to imagine that something like this will soon exist in BP. It's exciting but going to dread the extra traffic that this will cause. Maybe a good time to buy real estate in BP? Albert Ramos Esmeralda-Esy Notw Garcia Joyce Sereno Marissa Billups

Najmia Manjoo
Najmia Manjoo

Wow, so condescending. Is OC Weekly relevant beyond the 405 and 91?

Bob Newman
Bob Newman

OC needs a public gathering place that doesn't require paying the Mouse. Why not BP?

Thomas Ortega
Thomas Ortega

Called about how much spaces are going to go for and they didnt even speak english.. wtf.. lol then the guy transferred me to another person that spoke broken English and he was trying to get me to rent a open space he had in a strip mall in Compton!! Hahaha! Lol.. true story.. they better get a better managment team or it will be full of garbage franchises..

Ben Baysic
Ben Baysic

Jill Jamias, what we were talking about .....

Mark Thome
Mark Thome

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esquivel.ooh
esquivel.ooh

this actually looks decent and a lot more interesting than the GardenWalk . This also has the benefit of being a lot more noticeable in it's neighborhood than the GardenWalk which was sort of shoe horned into a little strip of land that everyone just walks by.

Jon Lundin
Jon Lundin

I live right up the street, it'll be better than what used to be there.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I think the Weekly picks on just about every city in Orange county...but I suppose I, myself, have developed a thick skin because I have the dubious honor of living in Huntington Beach. =:-O

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