Anaheim: Beach Boulevard redevelopment focuses on housing, shopping, dining and public safety

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — New construction near the corner of Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue hopes to bring new life to this part of Orange County.

Erin Ryan, Spokesperson for the City of Anaheim, said, These townhouses are the first phase of a major redevelopment in West Anaheim and along Beach Boulevard.

She said these new homes are part of something bigger that will include a mall, restaurants and a grocery store.

Ryan said the city’s reconstruction is focused on a one-and-a-half-mile stretch of Beach Boulevard between Ball Road and Lincoln.

“We see crime, prostitution, human trafficking, illegal gambling,” Ryan said. “A wide variety of issues and challenges that we are committed to changing.”

Ryan says that for decades the police have tried to fix the problem, but the problem isn’t going away.

She said they are now working on other solutions.

“We’ve installed highly visible cameras along Beach Boulevard that really work to deter illegal and unwanted activity,” she said.

Anaheim goes one step further.

Ryan said they were buying up properties and tearing down outdated motels in the busy hallway.

Earlier this year, she said she red-flagged the Covered Wagon motel because of its unsafe conditions.

“This week our city council voted to acquire this property and soon we will be going through the process of converting it into affordable housing,” Ryan said.

She said change won’t happen overnight, but residents will be able to see that change is happening.

She said the portion of Beach Boulevard that runs through the city of Anaheim is owned and operated by Cal Trans.

Currently, Ryan said they are working on acquiring it so they can maintain it like any other street in town.

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