IRVINE, Calif. (June 25, 2019): The City of Irvine applauded today’s announcement by City of Hope to invest more than $1 billion to develop a world-class cancer research and treatment campus at FivePoint Gateway, adjacent to the Orange County Great Park.
The cancer campus, on approximately 11 acres of land, will include an existing 190,000 square-foot building and a first-of-its-kind specialty hospital dedicated solely to treating and curing cancer. This campus will provide much-needed personalized care, innovative research and lifesaving treatments as early as 2021. The City of Hope project will be an anchor to a larger healthcare and wellness campus developed by FivePoint.
“Having experienced the fight against cancer in my own life and survived, I’m particularly excited by today’s news because it continues Irvine’s reputation as one of the most innovative cities in the country for education, recreation, business and healthcare,” said City of Irvine Mayor Christina Shea. “With the introduction of City of Hope, we add yet another dimension to the progress and development we’re seeing at the Great Park in partnership with FivePoint.”
Emile Haddad, Chairman and CEO of FivePoint, echoed the importance of the expanding partnership between the City of Irvine and FivePoint to finally bring the elements of the Great Park together.
“It takes the public and private sectors working together to make the vision of creating a world-class metropolitan park with life-enriching amenities a reality,” Haddad said. “Together we have expanded the best-in-class schools, trails, sports facilities and a live outdoor music venue to Irvine. And now we have the privilege of bringing the highest level of expertise and standard of care to battle cancer.”
The City of Hope is eager to work with both the City of Irvine and FivePoint to deliver the vision of equal access of specialized cancer research and treatment in the region.
“We’re excited to bring our highly specialized cancer care, phase I-III clinical trials, and precision medicine and early detection to Irvine and to the greater Orange County community,” said Annette Walker, president of City of Hope Orange County. “Committed partners like the City of Irvine and FivePoint will help us to deliver on our mission of treating and curing cancer. Irvine is the epicenter of innovation in the county and City of Hope will bring even more medical innovation to the area, strengthening Orange County’s status as a leader for technology and world-changing ideas.”
Recent milestones through a public-private partnership between the City of Irvine and FivePoint include:
- Great Park Trails, a nearly 1.5-mile trail, children’s park and natural landscape introduced in May that connects surrounding communities into the Orange County Great Park;
- A multi-sports complex approximately twice the size of Disneyland that includes soccer, baseball, softball and flex fields, volleyball, basketball, tennis courts, and championship stadiums;
- A 12,000-seat FivePoint Amphitheatre venue for live music operated by Live Nation;
- Two K-8 schools and one high school to complement Irvine’s nationally-renowned school district;
- FivePoint Arena at Great Park Ice, one of the nation’s largest and most state-of-the-art complexes for hockey, figure skating and other ice sports financed by an affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.