The challenges of Beach Boulevard are real, and so is the change.
Last weekend, models for the 65-townhome Nolin community at Beach and Lincoln Avenue opened to the public.
The new community is part of the transformation of the long empty corner with plans also in the works for a shopping center known as 39 Commons. We expect to see first-phase plans for the center move forward in coming weeks.
Nolin’s stylish tri-level townhomes are designed to bring new life to Beach with residents who’ll be invested in our effort to build a better future for the heart of west Anaheim.
Redevelopment is a big part of our long-term plan for Beach, which we are looking to rebuild as an inviting, walkable street with new homes, shops, restaurants and other businesses.
As redevelopment plays out today and in coming years, we’re also addressing public safety and quality of life issues along Beach now.
In late March, the city shut down The Covered Wagon Motel just north of Ball Road. The 70-room motel was red tagged and designated as unsafe for people to occupy.
The motel was closed for public health and safety violations including open electrical wiring, water leaks, sewage problems, lack of smoke detectors, mold, filth and squalor.
The red tagging is part of Anaheim’s efforts to address issues with motels on Beach Boulevard and to ensure they are operating safely, legally and according to basic standards.
Conditions at the Covered Wagon were deplorable and inhumane with safety hazards, filth, waste and signs of drug use and human trafficking and prostitution.
While some motels along Beach operate well, others contribute to serious problems including sex trafficking, illegal gambling and chronic drug use including fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Those who had been living at the Covered Wagon were relocated to a better motel with vouchers and transit and storage of their belongings covered by the city.
Help was made available to everyone. But those involved in illegal activity were not provided motel vouchers and either left the property or were ordered to leave the site.