Timeline

The History of the Tank Farms

The redevelopment of this property presents the opportunity for the residents of Huntington Beach to enjoy public access to the shoreline and support the protection of the area’s resources. Learn more about the evolution of this area, dating all the way back to the 1800s.

1800s

1800s

Beginning in the mid-eighteen hundreds southeast Huntington Beach was an agricultural area dominated by row crops.

1950s

1950s

In the 1950s, Orange County constructed a regional flood control channel on the west side of the property (Huntington Beach Channel) which separated the agricultural operations from a remnant coastal wetland on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

1957

1957

The adjacent power plant was constructed between 1957 and 1967 by Southern California Edison (SCE).

1960s

Agricultural operations on the property ceased in the 1960s and homes to the east started to be built.

1972

1972

Since 1972, the site included heavy industrial use with a fuel oil storage facility containing three above-ground, 25 million gallon tanks.

1998

1998

AES Southland purchased the power plant in 1998, and later converted it to use only natural gas. With the conversion of the power plant to natural gas, there was no longer a need to store fuel oil on the Magnolia Tank Farm site.

2000s

2000s

In recent years the exterior of the tanks have deteriorated and been vandalized, creating a public nuisance and a blight on the coastal landscape.

2013

2013

In 2013, the City of Huntington Beach issued a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) to Plains All-American Pipeline for the demolition of the three storage tanks and associated pipelines and ancillary facilities. The permit allowed the demolition and removal of the storage tanks and some minor grading to facilitate drainage.

2016

Shopoff Realty Investments acquires the 29-acre Magnolia Tank Farm site, and the first draft of the Magnolia Tank Farm Specific Plan was submitted to the City.

2017

2017

The demolition of the three storage tanks was completed and AES is using the site for construction laydown yard.

Today

Public Review of The Magnolia Tank Farm Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report.

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