New TOD Comes Opens in Anaheim

Irvine, Calif.–The Crossing, a new luxury, transit-oriented apartment community in Anaheim, Calif. recently opened 100 of its 312 units. Developed by SARES•REGIS Group and designed by KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture and Planning, The Crossing is an amenity-rich, pet and eco-friendly community adjacent to the Metrolink Anaheim Canyon Station.

While the remaining units will be ready this July, people have already moved into units that have been completed. Demand has been positive, according to the developer, even though, rents Saris•Regis did have to reduce the rents by 10 percent in keeping up with the downturn in the economy.

Located at 3530 E. La Palma Ave., near N. Tustin Ave., The Crossing is a modern, urban, infill apartment community consisting of 312 well-appointed lofts, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes (some with dens) and 39 live/work units. There are 11 floor plans with the units ranging in size from 639 square feet to 1,421 square feet. Rent runs from $1,320 to approximately $2,165 per month.

“This project is built in a area that is predominantly industrial and office, which is why it makes sense to for people who want to live close to their workplaces,” Mike Winter, senior vice president, multi-family development of SARES•REGIS Group, tells MHN. “There are about 40,000 jobs in this area but not a lot of housing.”

The project has a density of about 60 units to an acre on a 5.2-acre land. “It is an urban and dense project, which is unusual for this city,” explains Winter.

SARES•REGIS achieved a 94 percent landfill diversion rate during demolition and a 75 percent recycling rate during construction. “In a region dominated by the automobile and consumption of our natural resources, this environmentally-friendly development is a positive alternative that responds to a new demographic that is energy conscious but still demands resort-style living and rich amenities, near mass transit, employment, shopping and entertainment,” says David Senden, a principal with KTGY and lead designer on the project.

The Crossing features contemporary, urban architecture, resort-style amenities and upscale residences that attract career professionals, entrepreneurs and empty nesters with upscale urban preferences. “The Crossings’ bold profile avoids the typical monolithic look by using smaller animating elements, courtyard orientations and active corners to ensure an inviting human scale,” says Senden. “The sociable amenities enhance two boundaries, while a marquis presence defines the principal entrance. All of the apartments incorporate raised ceilings, expansive windows, high-end appointments and energy-efficiencies, and are focused on themed courtyards to orient them away from traffic, freeway and rail.”

The Crossing has been designed and built as an environmentally friendly, smoke-free residential community promoting healthy living and sustainable practices. It is also a candidate for LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and provides a definitive national standard for what constitutes a “green building.” The project utilizes existing infrastructure and includes parking for over 120 bicycles and preferred parking for fuel- efficient vehicles; employs cool roof technology to reduce the heat island effect; maximizes open space; and captures storm water runoff. In-unit measures further promote a beneficial green prototype for attached housing.

Other green features include: Broan SmartSense ventilation systems to improve air circulation, high-grade energy efficient windows, water-saving fixtures including high-efficiency dual flush toilets, energy-saving compact fluorescent lights, low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint, adhesives and carpet, carpets made from 100 percent post-recycled content (recycled plastic bottles) and a community recycling program. There are also separate chutes for recyclables.