Santa Ana Renaissance Plan

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Location: Santa Ana, CA. Historic Center

Santa Ana’s historic center is being transformed after a 40-year experiment with urban renewal-based practices scarred the county seat of Orange County, one of the wealthiest in the US. A new Specific Plan, with regulatory status, was developed through a 6-day charrette for the 450-acre, 120-block area that includes two districts­ (Civic Center and Downtown) three neighborhoods and a derelict industrial area adjacent to the most important train station between San Diego and Los Angeles. The plan leverages the area's historic and cultural character to reaffirm Santa Ana's identity and foster positive investment in one of the most important cities in Southern California. The Specific Plan is executed through a form-based code which uses ten zones, twelve street types and eleven architectural building types. Through this effort, the three neighborhoods and three districts within the plan area are reassembled into a cohesive and complementary central city that can become prosperous and desirable as a place to live and work.

Transect Zone(s): T4 general.
Status: Proposed
Project or Plan's Scale: Neighborhood
Features: Affordable/subsidized housing, Bus transit, Civic buildings & parks, Green buildings, Live/work, Mixed uses, Rail/fixed guideway transit, Sustainable infrastructure, Transit oriented development.
Land area (in acres): 450
Total built area (in sq. ft.):
Total project cost (in local currency):
Retail area (in sq. ft.): 400000
Office area (in sq. ft.): 300000
Industrial area (in sq. ft.):
Number of hotel units:
Number of residential units (include live/work): 1900
Parks & green space (in acres):
Residential types: High-rise, Mid-rise/loft, Low-rise flats, Townhouse/rowhouse/maisonette, Semi-detached, Small lot detached, Large lot detached, Live/work.
Project team designers: Elizabeth Moule, Stefanos Polyzoides, Jose Antonio Perez
Project team developers: City of Santa Ana

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Starting/Ending date of construction/implementation: -