Howard Hughes handpicked several hundred acres in the gentle foothills of Fullerton, California to be the home of a key defense research facility that helped the U.S. win the Cold War. Years later, with the threat of war behind us, Amerige Heights rose in its place — a vibrant community with walkable streets, neighborhood parks, local shops, civic and community buildings, and recreation facilities. This historic site once helped to protect our past. As Amerige Heights, it now houses our future.
Amerige Heights was designed with the benefit of extensive community input by famed community planner Peter Calthorpe. The community was lauded by local residents, consumers, and urban planners as Amerige Heights was unanimously approved and received several awards for its revolutionary design. Amerige Heights quickly sold out and is now widely recognized as a source of pride for the entire Fullerton community.
In addition to 1,150 new homes, this 293-acre master-planned community includes a wide variety of retail and commercial business uses. An 82.5-acre mixed-use district incorporates up to 1.28 million square feet of development, including 500,000 square feet of retail space, 332,000 square feet of office space, 450,000 square feet of light industrial and R&D uses and an overlay district that allows up to 400 beds of elder care, and 200 residences above retail or office space.
This mix of homes and jobs has helped the community thrive, keeping major employers in the area, while attracting others to the region. Amerige Heights earned the 2001 Planning Project Award from the Orange section of the American Planning Association, and the 2004 Project of the Year from the Orange County branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers.