by Stacey May
on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 10:21pm.
The Depot at Santiago, a controversial new development adjacent to the Santiago Street Lofts, is a 70 unit affordable housing rental property with approximately 8,000 Sq' set aside for some very, very much needed retail.
The popular, and affordable, Santiago Street Lofts are about 8 blocks Northeast of Downtown Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Artist Village and there's little to no retail nearby the project. When the Santiago Street Lofts were originally developed buyers were sold on a grand plan, named the Station District, to completely revamp the surrounding area and especially along E Santa Ana Blvd, which would connect Santa Ana's Train Depot with Downtown Santa Ana.
For some time the lot has been a mix of different industrial offices and storage yards that were generally seen as a blight to the neighborhood. The industrial building along the Northwest part of Santiago did have some good lines and could have be revamped if given the chance.
The Depot at Santiago renderings look like the right direction and the retail will hopefully be cut up into optimal suite sizes to fit the needs of the neighborhood and push this post industrial pocket of Santa Ana along.