County Could Buy Building for Homeless Shelter

With Orange County remaining the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. without a year-round homeless shelter, county supervisors are scheduled this week to approve an agreement to buy a building that would house such a facility.

At their Tuesday meeting, supervisors are scheduled to vote on a $3.6 million agreement to buy a storage warehouse in an industrial area of Santa Ana.

The 23,000 square foot warehouse, at 1217 E. Normandy Place in Santa Ana, is located near the corner of Grand Ave. and McFadden Ave.

County officials would be purchasing the property from B&N Group and JRMV Investments, Inc. The names of those firms’ owners weren’t disclosed in the county staff report.

The county expects to pay another $2.3 million to renovate the building, and about $2.6 million per year to operate and maintain the shelter.

Operating costs would be covered by a mixture of county, federal and private funds.

Click here to read the purchase agreement and other documents.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.

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