Good Things in West Anaheim

What’s been Anaheim’s most eagerly awaited car wash is now open at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Ball Road.

The Anaheim Express Car Wash is part of our larger efforts to transform Beach Boulevard and all of west Anaheim for the better.

The car wash replaced the old Lyndy’s Motel. Once an icon of Beach Boulevard back in the day, Lyndy’s in recent years became an eyesore and crime magnet.

The opening is part of a series of new restaurants and businesses that have popped up in the past couple of years, bringing new life and new options for west Anaheim residents.

The Scratch Room, serving breakfast and brunch, opened in 2016 and has quickly made the list of the best places to eat in Anaheim.

Glee Donuts & Burgers opened last year, offering gourmet doughnuts and lunch.

We’ll soon see a beautifully renovated Pizza Hut at Magnolia Avenue and Broadway, while a Taco Bell is in the works to fill a vacant lot on Lincoln Avenue just past Western Avenue.

The Magnolia La Palma Shopping Center has been a huge improvement to that corner, bringing in a modern shopping center with a Rite Aid and restaurants including Hiccups Restaurant & Teahouse, Firehouse Subs, Waba Grill, Taqueria de Anda and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

The developer even added new landscaping on parkways and repurposed the site’s retro, Googie-style “Plaza” sign.

There are several housing projects in progress and on the horizon as well, bringing new residents and updated apartments and townhomes to freshen up the area.

And as a city, we are doing all we can to help revitalize west Anaheim and address issues of blight.

Work continues on the Beach Boulevard specific plan, a planning blueprint that through zoning and other changes aims to bring new businesses, residents and activity to the area.

And life in west Anaheim is literally getting brighter. In the past few years, Anaheim Public Utilities has installed 1,256 LED streetlights in the area, bringing cleaner and brighter light at night.