IRVINE, CA - Award-winning KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture and Planning, announced that AMLI Residential has received City approval for AMLI Uptown Orange, a 334-unit eco-friendly apartment community located in the City of Orange, Calif. The 5.6-acre urban infill project will be built on the site of an existing DoubleTree Hotel parking lot and will include the construction of two new parking structures, one for the DoubleTree Hotel and one for the apartment community's residents and guests. KTGY is the project's designer and architect.
"One of the unique aspects about this project is that the two parking garages feature a four-story tall screen of colored metal fins with integrated graphics that covers the entire length and height of the structure, and is an exciting architectural element for the project and the surrounding neighborhood," said KTGY's Bryan Sevy, LEED AP and Senior Project Designer. "Throughout the entire design and approval process, the lenticular design elements of the parking garage screen have been instantly liked and supported by all who have seen them."
"Uptown Orange is the name that the city originally established for the area and our project builds on that brand name and seeks to create a stronger identity to the area," said Sevy. AMLI Uptown Orange is located directly south of the DoubleTree Hotel, on The City Drive South, near UCI Medical Center and The Outlets at Orange, formerly known as The Block at Orange. The commercial area surrounding AMLI Uptown Orange features a more modern, bold look. AMLI Uptown Orange's architecture will follow along these lines, blending contemporary architecture with classic, clean lines.
The project will be built in phases to ensure that parking for the hotel is always available. First, will be the 494-space parking structure for the existing DoubleTree Hotel, followed by the building of the AMLI Uptown Orange apartments with its own 608-space parking garage.
Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the four-story apartment community will contain leasing offices, a fitness center, a club room lounge, a business center, a pool and outdoor lounge areas. The apartment homes orient onto two beautifully landscaped courtyards and the perimeter public street in order to maximize visibility of the common open space. Located within the mixed-use neighborhood of the Uptown Orange district, this exciting project supports surrounding urban, high-intensity, regionally oriented activity centers, and provides for integrated commercial, retail, professional office, residential, and civic uses.
KTGY's Ken Ryan, who heads up the firm's Community Planning and Urban Design Studio said, “AMLI Uptown Orange is as much about the emerging district as it is about the project. Design elements integrated into the architecture reflect a bold, unique approach that corresponds to an upscale urban lifestyle."
Sevy adds, "With this project, the area will now truly be a mixed-use district. This project contributes residential uses to an area that is already a regional employment center with professional jobs, transit, shopping, and entertainment venues all within walking distance."
“We are looking forward to breaking ground on this exciting community,” said Jason Armison, AMLI Senior Vice President. “This is an outstanding location, and we believe our new apartments will add a great rental home opportunity to the Uptown Orange District in the City of Orange.” AMLI Uptown Orange is expected to break ground this year.