Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024

Police sirens blared in the Park Santiago Neighborhood this morning as SAPD police officers cleared the homeless out of the empty, dilapidated building at 2525 N. Main St., in Santa Ana Then the heavy equipment moved in and the long-awaited demolition of the building began.

Police vehicles stayed on site at the north, south and west end of the facility to ensure that no one would enter and get injured during the demolition, which could take up to three days to complete.

By now there should have been a luxury apartment project at this site but the neighborhood NIMBYs succeeded in fighting off the developer as they were able to flip the votes of Council Members Vince Sarmiento and David Penaloza, who had previously supported the apartment project.

Sarmiento is now the Mayor and he is unlikely to change his mind about the apartment project.

The NIMBYs have made it clear they prefer the entire lot be turned into a parking lot for the Discovery Cube. That is unlikely to happen even though the develop has already sold a portion of the property to the Discovery Cube for that project.

Most likely the developer will try again to build a housing project in the future but will perhaps scale his plans down further or switch from apartments to homes.

The entire city lost out on considerable tax revenue when the project was terminated.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

4 thoughts on “Demolition began today at 2525 N. Main St.”
  1. Yeah I was there and saw it happen. I watched as homeless people shouted about there still being people in the building as it was blown over because the police made a small visit 3 days prior to tell people they needed to leave. The building was not evacuated. This was not handled properly.

  2. The editor fails to mention that the two council members who changed their vote
    did so ONLY because over 100 neighborhood volunteers worked very hard for nearly a month collecting 19 Thousand signatures of concerned Santa Ana Voters – to overturn the council’s approval of the ;project. As for the building and property, the property owners did not provide adequate security for the building and grounds –
    allowing druggie so called “homeless” to destroy the building in mass – finally requiring the city to act by ordering the property owner to demolish the building –
    what an absolute waste of a decent well constructed office building that, could have been maintained and repurposed. This is a fiasco that did not have to happen!

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