Station District

After an extensive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, the Santa Ana Community Redevelopment Agency last year, selected Related California/Griffin Realty Corporation as the master developer for the Station District, a 94-acre area anchored by the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) and numerous parcels the Agency/City have acquired over the past 10 years along the Santa Ana Boulevard corridor. The selected team consists of Related Companies and Griffin Realty as co-lead managers, City Ventures for the for-sale housing component, Shaheen Sadeghi (retail developer of such projects at The Lab and The Camp in Costa Mesa), William Hezmalhalch Architects (designer of Santiago Lofts), Patricia Smith (streetscape and urban design), Fusco Engineering, and Green Dinosaur (green building consultant). Collectively they bring tremendous experience in all facets of development, and equally as important, is their proven ability to secure financing for major projects, even in today’s difficult economic climate.

Related/Griffin will be partnering with the City in carrying out the City’s vision for the Station District. This corridor is a key connection from the I-5 freeway into the Downtown, and will also serve as a major transportation link for the planned Go Local street car system. They are currently assisting with the planning and development of 48 parcels under the ownership of the Agency/City with a range of housing to meet the needs of our community, while considering the larger 94-acre district in the planning process. The proposed concept plan for the first phase (48 parcels) includes for sale and rental housing of varied types, as well as a community center and open space. It is hoped that entitlements for the first phase can be received by June 2010 so we can move forward on our affordable housing goals and neighborhood improvement effort.