West Anaheim revitalization passed a major milestone yesterday with the demolition of the Americana Motel on Beach Boulevard, a classic example of post-war Googie architecture that had declined into a dilapidated public nuisance, ending it’s life as a sober living home.
The city saved the iconic Googie neon sign and is in talks with a neon museum to preserve it.
The motel is being cleared away to make room for future development (which includes adjacent sites) that will be re-developed as:
- 100 affordable apartments for those who earn various percentages of the county’s median annual income of $106,700; construction could start in 2022
- 134 townhomes for sale, including 14 homes reserved for moderate income buyers based on Orange County’s median annual income; set to break ground beyond 2022
- 5,000 square of retail at the corner of Beach and Lincoln, once the leave for the existing gas station expires in coming years
The 7.3 acre project is being steered by Greenlaw Development, and will complement the neighboring 39 Commons mixed-use development across the street (another Greenlaw project).
The 44-room Americana motel originally opened in 1958 – one of many space-age looking motor lodges that sprung up in Anaheim to accommodate visitors to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s the third motel on Beach Boulevard in West Anaheim to be demolished as part of revitalization: the Silver Moon Motel was torn down in 2002, and Lindy’s Motel met its end in 2017.
On hand to witness the demo crews tear down the Americana, Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu observed, “This is our commitment to west Anaheim in action.”
The 39 Commons project will feature for-sale homes and high-end, specialty grocery store, shops, restaurants, services, community spaces and potential commercial uses. Construction is expected to begin next year, and the project opening in phases over the next several years.