|Construction has been completed on a $10 mil renovation of Heritage Plaza, a 230k sf retail center in Irvine. The property, owned by Regency Centers, was originally designed in the 1970s and is one of the oldest shopping centers in Irvine.
The renovation project – designed by Nadel Architects -- repositioned the center to best meet the diverse needs of the changing customer base in the area. Located at 14400 Culver Dr, at one of the city’s busiest intersections, the Ralphs-anchored plaza also includes national retailers such as CVS/pharmacy, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Wendy's, RadioShack and Elephant Bar Restaurant.
As part of the redevelopment plan, Regency Centers brought in Mitsuwa Marketplace, the nation’s largest Japanese supermarket, which specializes in fresh produce, meat, baked goods and other authentic foods, as the junior anchor. The Asian grocer will provide the community with a distinctively new shopping experience and unique products not found in other neighborhood grocery stores.
“Our updated renovation designs, coupled with Regency’s remerchandising, have reshaped Heritage Plaza into a convenient, centralized shopping destination that provides a wide range of food and services catering to the growing and constantly changing Orange County community,” said Greg Palaski, Managing Principal of Nadel Architects and project director. “In addition to coming up with the most cost-effective way to redevelop the center and remain consistent with the tenants’ requirements, our design helped create an inclusive multicultural retail center for residents to enjoy.”
Nadel’s design features included a new exterior façade, upgraded architectural components, canvas awnings, new landscaping, new monument, building and wayfinding signage, wider pedestrian walkways and the addition of focused gathering areas with benches, al fresco dining and sidewalk eating areas.
In addition to Palaski, Nadel’s project team consisted of Brent Bland, project manager, and Norman Viray and Fernando Trinidad as designers. Nadel has worked on a variety of similar Regency projects recently, including Granada Village and Seal Beach Center.