One Broadway Plaza is an ambitious project, albeit one with setbacks. This is likely the case with any project of this scope. There will be negative impacts on the immediate surroundings, especially with traffic. Our current transportation infrastructure, that is our freeways, already cannot mitigate the immeasurable amount of traffic congestion that we have, especially around rush hours. The argument is made that OBP will create jobs and economic growth and while that is true, it is going to paralyze traffic on the 55 freeway and the junctions in central Orange County, that is, Santa Ana. I wrote in another opinion piece that the proposed Santa Ana fixed guide way ought to be in place before the tower is built in order to facilitate traffic and to provide an alternative form of transportation into central Santa Ana, where there are many visitors and employees of the County of Orange.
This tower may turn out to be the catalyst for finally breaking ground on the fixed guide way project. Politicians and OCTA take note of this; if this tower breaks ground the rail needs to immediately follow suit.
Let’s hope that Mike Harrah can deliver on his word this time.