City of Hope Investing $1B on Irvine Cancer Treatment Facilities

By Catherine Sweeney

The construction of 250,000 square feet in cancer treatment facilities is currently underway at FivePoint Gateway in Irvine. The 190,000-square-foot Lennar Foundation Cancer Center remains under construction, while City of Hope intends to break ground on an additional 60,000-square-foot cancer treatment center connected to its outpatient center this year, according to representatives of the hospital. 

Located on 11 acres of land, the Lennar Foundation Cancer Center is set to open in August 2022. The hospitals’ 60,000-square-foot facility will open in 2025. 

“We are building a place of hope and healing that will serve residents of Orange County and beyond for generations to come,” Annette M. Walker, president of City of Hope Orange County, said in a statement. 

Previously, City of Hope and developer FivePoint Holdings LLC announced a partnership to build a $200 million, 73,000-square-foot cancer treatment center. However, as plans progressed, City of Hope and FivePoint Holdings announced in 2019 plans to bring a larger cancer treatment facility to life. 

In May of 2020, the hospital acquired the four-story 190,000-square-foot building, at 15161 Alton Parkway, from FivePoint Holdings for $108 million that will soon be the site of the hospital’s cancer treatment facilities. 

 “On the non-residential from almost three years ago, we made a decision to designate a significant amount of our non-residential entitlement to healthcare and life science focused users. Our partnership with the City of Hope has laid the foundation for that. The $1 billion cancer center is under construction at the Great Park and is anticipated to open next year.” Emile Haddad, chairman and CEO of FivePoint Holdings, said.

Both treatment facilities are extensions of City of Hope’s 100-acre Duarte campus, and once completed, facilities will offer more than 700 clinical trials in a clinical research center, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and nationally recognized supportive care programs and early detection and prevention programs for approximately 3.2 million residents. 

The project is being funded primarily through donations, with City of Hope planning to invest $1 billion to complete the project. In March, the hospital received a $50 million donation from the Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of homebuilder Lennar Corporation.