Last Wednesday, the owners of the Anaheim Ducks hopped on the “professional sports team turning the area around their stadium into a mixed-use district” bandwagon with the announcement of “ocV!BE,” a 115-acre neighborhood that will set up shop around the team’s Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The hockey team’s owners will realize that vision by developing the (currently unused) landscape of surface parking lots around the Honda Center. In return, the Southern California city will receive 2,800 new apartments with 15 percent set aside for affordable housing, 825,000-square-feet of office space, and 30 acres of public green spaces, including a “wellness park.”
The 27-year-old Honda Center will also be getting a set of major upgrades if the project moves forward as planned. Other than a new entrance plaza, the hockey arena could see two new hotels added, as well as restaurants, clubs, four new parking garages, and the largest upgrade, a 6,000-seat concert venue.