Unveiling of the Yorba Linda Town Center


courtesy of Orange County Register

The Yorba Linda Town Center will be anchored by Bristol Farms, a movie theater, restaurants and retail shops.

Neil Bondoc, Photo journalist

Burgers, pizza, Mexican food, seafood are some of the new eateries that will help anchor the much-anticipated 10-acre Yorba Linda Town Center were announced Tuesday. The center’s groundbreaking was celebrated by city officials and business owners in an afternoon ceremony attended by several community members. Justin Conk a Jazz band performer at Yorba Linda High School said, “ Being at the Yorba Linda Groundbreaking was a fun experience and enjoyable to please the crowd.”

At the groundbreaking of the nearly $50 million project, restaurants going into the center were announced, including Blaze Pizza, The Habit, Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, Seasalt Fish Grill, the Creamistry, Jersey Mike’s Subs and more still that haven’t been announced.

“This is a huge milestone,” City Manager Mark Pulone said. “I think people are really excited about finally seeing Towne Center come to fruition.” The 125,000-square-foot commercial redevelopment project is bringing in Bristol Farms and a Regal movie theater, restaurants, retailers and a parking structure. There will also be central gathering place, dubbed The Commons, with grass and seating.

In addition to pleasing people with new food options, It will increase the business on Main Street and people think it’s a win, win for everybody. The Town Center – bounded by Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda Boulevard, Lakeview Avenue, Main Street and Lemon Drive – is expected to cost the city about $37.3 million, including property acquisition costs, street improvements and a parking structure. Officials with developer Zelman Retail Partners said more leases are in negotiations.

The Town Center was added to the city’s redevelopment plans in the early 1990s. Concepts for the area fueled debates over the years, packing City Council meetings and playing out in elections. In 2012, Zelman Development stepped up with proposals for developing the property, much of it vacant land. Zelman won an exclusive agreement to negotiate a development proposal and has been working with city leaders ever since. The state’s dissolution of redevelopment agencies slowed progress at one point. Much of the property was owned by the city’s Redevelopment Agency. According to the city’s manager, the four restaurants will go in the two buildings planned for Yorba Linda Boulevard and Imperial Highway will be announced.

Heavy construction will start later this year, with completion expected by January 2018, if not a month earlier.