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Old July 18th, 2010, 06:45 AM   #1
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SANTA ANA | One Broadway Plaza | 150m | 491ft | 37 fl | Prep


Vote may clear way for S.A. skyscraper

The proposed One Broadway Plaza office tower would be the tallest building ever built in Orange County.

Published: July 17, 2010 Updated: Aug. 21, 2013 1:17 p.m.

SANTA ANA – A skyscraping tower that would dwarf anything else in Santa Ana could be under construction by the end of the year if the City Council votes Monday to waive several long-standing conditions.

Those conditions have stymied developer Michael Harrah for more than five years. His proposed One Broadway Plaza tower, which would be the tallest building in Orange County history, is for now little more than a big idea and a big vacant lot. Harrah said he could break ground by November – if the city relaxes those development conditions for the project. He has the support of city planners and other staffers, who have asked the City Council to approve the changes he wants and clear the way for construction.

Santa Ana voters approved the One Broadway tower in 2005, after a well-funded campaign by Harrah. He handed out cigars on election night and predicted a "new age of urbanization and going vertical." One of the biggest hold-ups since then has been a requirement that Harrah get leases signed for at least half the space in his proposed tower before he begins construction. The city wrote that into his development agreement to make sure he could fill the tower.


Harrah said he has letters of intent, but not actual leases, for about 30 percent of the space in the tower. He declined to name the potential tenants but said they're "pretty big players." Construction of the proposed 37-story tower, on Broadway just north of downtown, would take around 24 months and employ some 2,900 workers, Harrah said. "It is, without a doubt, going to start our own stimulus package in Orange County," he said.



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Old July 18th, 2010, 07:42 AM   #2
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Definitely would stand out from the rest of the Santa Ana skyline.
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Nice! I see in the article it had been delayed since 2005. I remember this proposal from several years ago.
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Vote clears way for Santa Ana skyscraper
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Construction Finally Begins on One Broadway Plaza!

By Gustavo Arellano Mon., Feb. 13 2012 at 10:00 AM

After years and years of shady dealings, bellowing promises, and more dirty money funneled toward the political process than stars in the sky, construction on the Freudian edifice known as One Broadway Plaza has officially begun.

The stunning development (the actual construction, not the building proposed by Mike Harrah) happened over the weekend, and the Weekly has an exclusive picture attesting to this.

Work is permitted only for the foundations while the developer lines up financing and final permits: http://santaana.ocregister.com/2012/...adway-permits/
We are floating in space...

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go chargers!, one broadway plaza, orange county, santa ana, the oc

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