Lennar has officially started construction on Orange County's new downtown, formerly christened A-Town. The new development will rise up near Angels Stadium and what could potentially be the site of a new NFL stadium in what OCers like to call "The Platinum Triangle" - where the 5, 57 and 22 freeways meet, the Santa Ana River runs, and some railroad tracks bisect the area.
The first phase of Lennar's project is a parcel of 40.6 acres that is planned for 2,681 housing units, up to 11 towers, and approximately 150,000 sf of commercial and retail uses. When it is completed the project is expected to include a commercial, retail and dining district that will connect Katella Avenue with Gene Autry Way. The initial construction will include streets and a transit station, with construction of the housing scheduled to begin later this year. Also included as part of the development are plans for public parks, outdoor event spaces, gardens and play areas.
In the meantime, the existing industrial buildings in the area are being razed and holes are being dug for underground parking. As for those choking exhaust fumes coming off the freeways? Just learn to love it. Its the sweet smell of progress.
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