Santa Ana officials once hoped that a sports arena might rise from the furrowed earth of Sakioka Farms' 53 acres northeast of Main Street and MacArthur Boulevard, but adamant opposition from nearby residents killed that scheme.
Now, seven months later, a plan to build an "urban village'--a mix of offices, shops, homes and recreation facilities--has received preliminary approval from the city's Redevelopment Agency. It is a plan that area residents say is a little more to their liking.
BGS Partners, composed of BCE Development Inc. and Griffin Realty Corp., both in Newport Beach, and some members of the Sakioka family were given six months' exclusive rights by the city to negotiate a final agreement on the prime land, said Cynthia Nelson, director of the city's Community Development Agency. Nelson said that a specific plan for development, an environmental study and financing must all be completed before the City Council considers final approval.
The development, tentatively named MacArthur Place, is planned for the 53-acre Sakioka property and an adjacent 13-acre parcel owned by Emerson Electric Co. Hutton Center, an upscale office-hotel-restaurant complex, is located south of the site and there are residential areas to the west and southwest.