Orange County Business Journal

Irvine Company Buys Platinum Triangle Land for Apartments

REAL ESTATE: 6.2-acre site across from Angel Stadium Mark Mueller Saturday, November 24, 2012
Gateway complex: next to planned development

Gateway complex: next to planned development

Irvine Company has bought an industrial property in the Platinum Triangle, where the real estate developer plans to build a new apartment complex.

Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. recently closed on the purchase of the 6.2-acre site at 2100 E. Orangewood Ave. in Anaheim.

The tract holds four industrial buildings totaling about 140,000 square feet that are set for demolition. The site, near the intersection of State College Boulevard and Orangewood Avenue, is across from Angel Stadium.

Terms of the sale weren’t disclosed. The property—one time home to Everest Electronic Equipment—was sold by a pair of family partnerships with ties to the electronic equipment cabinetry maker, according to property records.

Irvine Co. plans to build a 395-unit apartment project at the site, which sits next to its Gateway apartment complex, an 884-unit complex that the company bought about two years ago.

No time frame for construction was disclosed. The building currently is leased to Accurate Metal Solutions LLC, whose lease runs at least through 2013, according to sources.

A small office building and a Del Taco restaurant next to the industrial property are not part of the sale and won’t be affected by the development, according to city filings.

Irvine Co. officials confirmed the industrial property sale last week but declined to comment on specifics of the proposed apartment development under review by Anaheim’s planning commission.

The new project is envisioned as a second phase of Irvine Co.’s Gateway project, which opened in 2008. The complex, just off the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway, was built by Colorado developer Archstone.

2010 Purchase

Irvine Co. paid a reported $241.8 million for the Gateway complex in October 2010, its first-ever investment in the Platinum Triangle, the largely industrial, 820-acre area around Angel Stadium that has been eyed for housing, offices and retail redevelopment in recent years.

Company officials said at the time of the 2010 purchase they were bullish on the apartment market around the Platinum Triangle, which has seen more than 2,000 apartments built during the past five years or so.

The latest deal adds to an already-crowded apartment development pipeline for Irvine Co., the largest owner of apartments in OC as well as the most active builder of for-rent properties in the area.

Apartments

The company has thousands of apartments going up in the Irvine Spectrum, a 980-unit project moving ahead at the Park Place mixed-use campus near John Wayne Airport, and another sizable project on tap for the Tustin Legacy development.

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