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Irvine Company Announces Acquisition Of Pacific Arts Plaza

The Irvine Company today announced that it has acquired Pacific Arts Plaza, an 827,000 square foot property comprising four institutional-quality high-rise and mid-rise office buildings and four free standing restaurants including: Mastro’s Steakhouse, TGI Fridays and Jerry’s Deli. Pacific Arts Plaza office towers include addresses 611 Anton Blvd., 675 Anton Blvd., 3200 Park Center and 3200 Bristol in Costa Mesa, Calif. The property’s four office buildings surround a unique 1.6-acre art sculpture garden titled “The California Scenario,” designed by world-renowned artist Isamu Noguchi. The project enjoys exceptional attributes including strong freeway visibility and identity and excellent access, major on-site and walk able adjacent amenities, efficient and well-designed buildings and ample parking.

This transaction represents the company’s expansion into the important Orange County Theatre & Arts District (OCTAD) office sub-market of Orange County. With the addition of Pacific Arts Plaza property, the company now has a meaningful presence of all four Class-A office markets in Orange County including: OCTAD, Newport CenterTM, the Airport Area and Irvine SpectrumTM, as well as an immediate 10% market share in the OCTAD office sub-market. Each sub-market represents a thriving business employment center, surrounded by world-class amenities including nearby hotels, retail, housing and transportation.

“Through this transaction, we entered the fourth and final Class-A office sub-market in Orange County, Calif., the Orange County Theatre and Arts District, which is a premier business environment in Southern California,” said Doug Holte, president of Irvine Company Office Properties. “The project is complementary to our existing portfolio and offers prospective customers and current clients greater geographic diversity within the Irvine Company Office Properties portfolio.”

Consistent with the Irvine Company’s philosophy as a permanent owner and comprehensive master-planner, and to improve the quality of the office customer experience, the Irvine Company will in 2011 begin an immediate reinvestment in the property including: improvement of on-site amenities, customer-floor common-area enhancements, upgrades to operating systems and a unification of exterior landscape design and outdoor workspaces.

“We intend to utilize our extensive reinvestment expertise to enhance a remarkable office location and create an exceptional customer experience,” said Holte. 

About the Irvine Company
Founded in 1864, the Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties, and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated to Orange County more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.

About the Orange County Theatre & Arts District
The Orange County Theater and Arts District is bounded by Bristol Street on the west, Sunflower Avenue on the north, Avenue of the Arts on the east and the San Diego (I-405) Freeway on the south. Its 54-acres comprise one of the most urbanized areas in Orange County and include high-rise office buildings, internationally renowned cultural facilities, luxury hotels, restaurants and various commercial uses.

The Orange County Theater and Arts District is home to cultural institutions including the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater, South Coast Repertory and Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Art Onsite at Pacific Arts

“California Scenario” designed by Isamu Noguchi

Located in Pacific Arts Plaza at the intersection of Anton Boulevard and Avenue of the Arts. www.noguchi.org

Water Source and Spirit of the Lima Bean “Utsurohi 91 – Costa Mesa” designed by Aiko Miyawaki

Located on a grassy rectangle adjacent to Plaza Tower on Anton Boulevard and Avenue of the Arts.

“Sun Ribbon” designed by Claire Falkenstein

Located in Pacific Arts Plaza near the intersection of Anton Boulevard and Park Center Drive. www.artincontext.org/artist/f/claire_falkenstein/