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FULLERTON, CA-The Olson Co. of Seal Beach has kicked off its $50 million SoCo Walk, a transit oriented village featuring 120 lofts, town houses and live-work homes next to this city’s historic Santa Fe Railway Depot and the Fullerton Transportation Center. The development is the first of its kind in Fullerton and lies within the city’s redevelopment zone, known as So Co because it is the South of Commonwealth district. City officials have described the Olson project as an important addition to Fullerton’s redevelopment program because it will help to rejuvenate one of the city’s older neighborhoods.

The Olson project is going up on a 5.5-acre site along Harbor Boulevard at Truslow Avenue. Marlon Fenton, managing director for The Olson Co., calls “walkability” one of the keys to the development. He echoes what developers, planners and Californian residents have been saying for some time: Southern Californians are tired of long commutes and congestion, so they’re looking for live-work solutions.

The project’s location next to the Fullerton Transportation Center puts it adjacent to a facility where more than 350,000 passengers pass through yearly via Amtrak, Metrolink and the Orange County Transit Authority. An overhead bridge will provide a connector between the train station and the community.

The SoCo district is already home to more than 30 restaurants and pubs, about 350,000 sf of retail shops and other services. The Olson team on the project includes William Hezmalhalch Architects of Santa Ana and landscape architect The Collaborative West of San Clement.

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