H&LA’s recent research for a project in Irvine, California revealed some exciting new hospitality-related developments happening in the area. These developments will have a major impact on tourism, employment, and the general economy in the Irvine area.
- A major mixed-use development called the LT Platinum Center is planned for a site adjacent to Angel Stadium in Anaheim. As envisioned, this $450 million project will include a 26-story hotel, a 30-story residential tower, an outdoor entertainment center, and retail space. This project is scheduled for completion by 2022.
- Disneyland in Anaheim is preparing to open a new Star Wars-themed area called “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” in 2019. This 14-acre area will feature two anchor attractions: one that simulates piloting the Millennium Falcon on a customized mission and another that transports guests into a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Designed to capitalize on the success of recent Star Wars films, this area will incorporate characters such as BB8, Chewbacca, Rey and Kylo Ren.
- The first phase of the Great Park Sports Complex opened in August 2017 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Major components include a 2,500-seat soccer stadium, 23 soccer fields, 25 tennis courts, four basketball courts, and five sand volleyball courts. Among the major additions planned for subsequent phases are a baseball stadium, 10 baseball/softball diamonds, a community ice facility, playgrounds, walking trails, and a golf course.
- City officials in Irvine are currently working toward the creation of a 233-acre Cultural Terrace at Orange County Great Park, which would be the final piece of the puzzle for the years-long redevelopment of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. While no development plan has been finalized, proposed elements have included a permanent amphitheater, a lake, a library, gardens, and museums.
- A $200 million expansion was completed in summer 2018 at the Irvine Spectrum retail complex. Highlights include California’s largest H&M department store, as well as several unique new shops and restaurants, including The Denim Lab, Perverse Sunglasses, Stance Socks, Afters Ice Cream, and the world’s first-ever Hello Kitty Café, featuring snacks, beverages, and décor based on the globally popular Sanrio characters.
- In 2019, construction will begin on a new, expanded home for the Orange County Museum of Art, on the campus of Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The new building, located within a vibrant arts district, will allow visitors greater access to the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art. During the construction period, the museum will be temporarily relocated to South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana.