By: Todd Spitzer, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors
This week the Board of Supervisors approved a purchase and sale agreement for the purchase of property at 1000 N. Kraemer Place in Anaheim with a 5-0 vote. Community Forums and meetings will be structured to give residents, businesses and other interested stakeholders the opportunity to discuss potential uses for the site, including a year-round emergency shelter and multi-service center.
The property consists of a 24,384 square foot industrial warehouse building and approximately 13,824 square foot of office space that is situated on an approximate 1.87 acre parcel with 68 parking spaces. The building is currently occupied by a commercial air condition repair shop.
This vote is the first action in what will begin 90 days of due diligence investigations.
“I support multiple town hall discussions with the community about what, if any use, there might be,” said Chairman Todd Spitzer. Spitzer stated that Orange County will hold two community meetings in the evenings to talk about how the land and warehouse would be used. Spitzer also stated that he wants everyone’s voice to be heard.
The due diligence process includes procurement of a preliminary title report, appraisal, conducting any necessary California Environmental Quality Act reviews, Phase I environmental site assessment, land survey, structural and physical inspection, roof inspection, sewer line inspection, hazardous materials inspection, and safety inspection.
The next steps for this project will include a series of evening Community Forums and meetings. The community meetings currently proposed are identified below. Specific dates and times for the evening Community Forums and meetings will be announced through press releases and other methods such as direct mailings, city and county website postings and email distribution.
- Community Forum in Anaheim at either Vineyard Church or Eastside Christian Church in June 2015
- Community Forum in Fullerton at either EV Free Church or Grace Ministries Church in July 2015
- Anaheim East District Neighborhood Council meeting in July 2015
Elected official supporters at Tuesday’s meeting included Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray, Fullerton Council Members Jennifer Fitzgerald and Doug Chaffee and a representative of State Senator John Moorlach (R-Orange). The Orange County Business Council and the Building Industry Association of Orange County have also voiced their support for a shelter at the Kraemer site.
Questions and comments from the public can be directed to 1000NKraemer@occr.ocgov.com or (714) 480-2998.