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New KTGY-designed AMLI Apartment Community Receives Planning Commission Approval

IRVINE, CA – March 11, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Award-winning KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture and Planning, is pleased to announce 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.

About AMLI Residential

AMLI Residential is focused on the development, construction and management of luxury apartment communities throughout the U.S. Founded in 1980, AMLI is owned by Prime Property Fund, a core, comingled real estate fund. AMLI currently owns and/or manages 54 apartment communities, including over 18,000 apartment homes, and has almost 6,000 additional apartments under development in 17 locations. AMLI owns and/or manages five apartment communities in Southern California containing over 1,700 apartment homes, and has two additional communities under development. More information is available at

About KTGY Group

Celebrating 21 years in business, KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture and Planning, is a national award-winning firm providing comprehensive planning and award-winning architectural design services for residential communities, retail, hospitality, mixed-use and related specialty developments. KTGY delivers innovative solutions that reflect clear understanding of development, market trends and financial performance. Serving clients worldwide, KTGY maintains offices in Irvine, Oakland and Santa Monica, Calif., Denver, Colo., and Tysons Corner, Va. See

KTGY Architecture + Planning

Founded in 1991, KTGY Architecture + Planning is a leading full-service design firm focused on residential and mixed-use developments and neighborhood revitalization. KTGY seamlessly delivers innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple design studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to create memorable destinations of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from six office locations including Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland and Tysons (Virginia).