Disney sues Anaheim over housing plan

Posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Maintaining its aggressive posture, Disney officials filed suit Monday against the city of Anaheim as part of the entertainment giant's continuing efforts to thwart a residential development in the resort district. The suit comes as the Anaheim City Council ponders whether to reopen debate on a controversial proposal to build 1,500 condominiums and apartments, including 225 units for lower-income residents, near Disney's amusement parks. The project was killed this month on a split council vote.

Read more from The LA Times.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:30 AM
crazy horse's avatar I thought that they already took care of this?
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:54 AM
Shame on the City of Anaheim to even consider this! Hope they lose the case big time!!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 1:11 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Disney just needs to buy the city. ;)
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 1:52 PM

I thought this was handled already, too.

They must be worried about a possible negative influence from the future new tenants. Perhaps they're concerned that their characters might get violent or make b-movie sex films.
oh wait...

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 5:54 PM
This is absolute crap. I really REALLY hope someday that Anaheim or another city that is host to Disney steps up to the plate and tells them "guess what? EMINANT DOMAIN." Or something...

Heaven forfend that the tourists might actually possibly get a glance at those less fortunate than them...

Maybe Disney should just co-opt the project... they can name it "reality land"


Tuesday, February 27, 2007 7:51 PM
Jeff's avatar Wait, are you pulling for the city just because it's Disney? There's nothing unusual about a business looking out for its interests.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 7:12 AM
Looking out for its interests is one thing, but if Disney doesn't own the land, they have no right telling the city what can or can't be done with it. Maybe a factory instead of housing? Or let Disney buy the land and then they won't have a problem.

And the reasons I don't like Disney keep growing...

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:51 AM
I think of the junk Kennywood, SeaWorld (of ohio) and Waldemere had to put up with from their communities just to operate certain things. One of the pettiest things I've seen was at Brandywine and Boston Mills ski resorts. They had to stop playing music on the slopes because it bothered the neighbors (which live about a half mile away.)

SeaWorld wanted rides and city blocked them and gave six flags all kinds of headaches when they moved a couple of rides to the wild-side. Imagine if they they'd said: "No, you're not going to put low-income housing by us. "
They'd have been laughed out of ohio.

Of course, none of the above make money like Disney.

They're probably worried about car jackings thru the hood on the way to the park. Just put Tigger in charge of security. He'll straighten those punks out.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 10:58 AM
Jeff's avatar I don't own the land next door. Should I have a say if Wal-Mart wants to build there?

The classic issue is that zoning is supposed to give you reasonable assurance about the use of the land nearest to you, and changing it can vastly change the value of your own property or quality of life/quality of business. That's what's going on here.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 2:06 PM
Once you're in Disneyland, it's hard to see out, since they "don't want the magic disrupted." So what difference would it make what was across the street? If the park gets told "no" once in a while, what are they going to do? Close down? Hardly.

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