The design for the first phase of University Hills Area 12 was approved by the UC Regents on November 17, 2021. The new project, Area 12-1, will consist of up to 102 for-sale stacked flats, located on the east side of Los Trancos Drive. The first phase will include two buildings, each with 16 three-bedroom units. The first phase of construction replaces the eastside Las Lomas Apartment buildings currently occupying that location. Demolition of the eastside Las Lomas Apartments is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2022. Details regarding eligibility for and the timing of new home drawings are still to be determined. We will keep the community informed.
The westside Las Lomas Apartments will not be demolished at this time.
The proposed land planning and design are consistent with the campus Physical Design Framework and existing neighborhoods in the local Irvine area. Additionally, the proposed project will comply with the green building requirements of the current California Building Code, which emphasizes the State of California’s continued leadership on the environment and green building through policy implementation. ICHA aspires to build a home that can earn a minimum of a “gold rating” under the Green Point Rated certification process.
Area 12-1 will provide additional for-sale housing to meet the needs of the campus to continue to recruit highly-qualified faculty and academic staff. As the university has continued to grow and enjoy greater prestige, and as the cost of market-rate housing continues to climb, the demand for university housing has increased, especially the demand for for-sale housing. Producing and managing that housing in support of the campus is the mission that the Irvine Campus Housing Authority (ICHA) was founded to fulfill. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve UCI and its faculty, staff and all University Hills residents.