Tishman Tower Will Open in City of Orange

Times Staff Writer

Nothing blurs municipal boundaries like massive office/retail developments. The Tishman Executive Towers complex in Orange is a case in point.

Although it is located in the city of Orange, the 16-story, 373,000-square-foot first tower of the $100-million project is just a short walk from the $400-million MainPlace Santa Ana mixed-use project in Santa Ana.

Opening Monday, the Tishman project is in an area that may one day rival the South Coast Town Center in Costa Mesa--also adjacent to Santa Ana--as a mixed-used development, according to Dick Botti of the Los Angeles office of Keyser Marston Associates Inc., a real estate and redevelopment consulting firm that has been involved in development decisions in both Santa Ana and Orange.

"This area, where the Garden Grove (22), Santa Ana (5) and Orange (57) freeways come together, has long been considered a secondary or back office market," Botti said, adding that the area so far has lacked the prestige of the South Coast area."

'Beneficial Effects'

"This is rapidly changing through the efforts of high-end developers like Tishman Realty, Tishman West Management (a separate firm), Koll and Birtcher," he said. "Along with MainPlace Santa Ana, the projects should have a beneficial effect on the upgrading of this area to something approaching the South Coast Town Center area."

Examples of the upmarket approach taken by Tishman Realty & Construction Co. Inc., co-developer of the project with Executive Life Insurance Co., are a lobby featuring Swedish granite, an upscale restaurant, a 6,500-square-foot executive health club and a concierge.

"Just as in fine European hotels, the concierge carries out personal services such as making theater and dinner reservations, picking up laundry, even having a car detailed," said Frank Hickman, vice president of Tishman Realty Corp. of California.

Designed by the Nadel Partnership Inc. of Los Angeles, the complex at 1100 Town and Country Road at the Main Street exit of the Garden Grove (22) Freeway will consist of twin 16-story towers and a nine-level parking structure, according to Abraham S. Bolsky, executive vice president of Tishman Realty & Construction Co. Inc. and president of president of Tishman Construction Corp. of California.

Terraces for Tenants

The complex features a facade of granite-chip aggregate, banded with semi-reflective gray glass. Setbacks at the 13th and 15th floors, cut at 45-degree angles, create terraces for tenant use. The building will also have 4,200 square feet of first-floor space for retail and service stores.

The first tenants of the new tower are expected to begin moving into the building in January--the start of Orange's centennial year.

Hickman said the building's tenants should benefit from the "excellent labor supply and close proximity to excellent public transportation."

Ron Thompson, community development director for the City of Orange, called the Tishman Executive Towers project "a very good asset to the city and to Santa Ana . . . complementing the area and MainPlace."

Adjacent to Shopping

The project adjacent to the Town & Country shopping center is not to be confused with The City Tower at The City, a 410,000-square-foot, 20-story office tower being built by Tishman West Management Corp., Thompson said.

Bill Durslag, a vice president of Tishman West Management, said that his similarly named firm is not related to Tishman Realty & Construction and Tishman Construction Corp. of California.

The building is expected to be ready for occupancy early next year.

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