Irvine Company to Add 35-Acre Modern Office Park to Accommodate City’s Job Growth
Thursday, September 26, 2019
About seven years after closing Traveland USA in Irvine, the Irvine Co. is following through with plans to build a modern office park where millions of dollars worth of RVs were once sold.
For the nearly 40 years until it closed in 2012, Traveland off Sand Canyon Avenue adjacent to the 5 freeway was a one-stop RV mall that attracted families with its frontier theme, duck pond, and even a restaurant that opened in 2011. But the RV businesses suffered from economic slumps and fluctuating gas prices, and some relocated.
In August, Irvine’s Planning Commission signed off on the Irvine Co.’s plans for Innovation Park, a 35-acre campus that will feature a series of low-rise buildings totaling 550,000 square feet, scattered among small parks and walking paths, cafes and fitness areas, that will create “a village-like setting,” according to a news release from the Irvine Co. It will use about half of the former Traveland USA property, but there are no current proposals for the remaining vacant land.
A rendering shows the look of the planned Innovation Park, a 35-acre office campus the Irvine Co. will build off Sand Canyon Avenue next to the 5 freeway. (Courtesy of Irvine Co.)
“Our aim is to meet Irvine’s robust job growth, especially in the tech and innovation sector,” Irvine Co. Office Properties Executive Vice President Steve Case said in a prepared statement. “This plan helps us meet that goal through a thoughtful master plan and market-leading design.”
The news release described Innovation Park’s architecture as “loft-style,” with exposed structural steel, skylights, roll-up garage doors and exterior staircases. A nonprofit ride-share advocacy group that serves the Irvine Spectrum and surrounding areas will work to promote use of carpools, public transit, and bicycle commuting.
The Spectrum is “nearly fully leased,” so the new complex will make room for future growth, the release said. Innovation Park is expected to open in spring 2021.
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