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HurricaneHugo Mar 10, 2008 5:08 AM

The Sprinter is now online.

kpexpress Mar 10, 2008 8:45 AM

Can someone give a fresh photo update on all highrises under construction downtown? I think that Saphire Tower is getting pretty tall and Vantage Pionte is growing strong too. They have also been digging at Market/11th, Broadway/Union, ect.

Can we get an update?

kpexpress Mar 10, 2008 8:46 AM

Any news on the East Village suspension bridge? And speaking of bridges, when are they going to put the lights on the coronado bay bridge?

SDCAL Mar 10, 2008 6:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sandiegodweller (Post 3405432)
So why not put your showroom near your potential clients? Maybe a shop in La Jolla or Rancho Santa Fe might be a better location.

I didn't mean La Jolla, Rancho SF and the like would be exclusive, I meant that in addition to downtown business they would also likely have business from upscale clients around the county

Things are slow right now, but that doesn't mean downtown residents are not spending money on higher-end home products. I recently went to a downtown location to inquire on window treatments at a place that is far from cheap, and their business is booming downtown

SDCAL Mar 10, 2008 6:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marina_Guy (Post 3405161)
The 'inside' info I have says it is dead. Very dead. And that is sad. Cool building. They just missed the 'easy money' times... I had heard that Doug Wilson was interested in it... but that was a while ago...

Anyone have some comments on the new Hilton? I do. That thing is so nasty. The Port is responsible for more blight. The Port of San Diego should be dismantled. They are incapable of proper planning and oversight. Go look at that thing from Coronado. Look at it as you go over the Coronado Bridge. It is more hideous blight on the skyline. It looks like they forgot to put the top on it. Also, I don't understand the ramp in front of it, is that permanent? If so, why do we have Las Vegas style ramps on the waterfront?

what a shame :hell:

The project not only looks nice, but it seems like a really good fit for that location, too :(

I wonder if the same fate exists for library tower?

SDCAL Mar 10, 2008 6:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmfarley (Post 3405303)
I'd speculate that the developer has not formally told CCDC the project is not going to happen, maybe they are trying to sell the lot & plans; and CCDC, while not formally being told, is doing their part to keep and make downtown San Diego appear still developmentally active by keeping the project both on the list and interactive map.

Btw, many project appear to have been updated thru March 5th with little, if anything, materially changing.

your right - wouldn't be the first time CCDC has not been acurate on their project updates page

I notice library tower also says it was updated the 5th, but nothing changed in the project description -

Derek Mar 10, 2008 8:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDCAL (Post 3406601)
what a shame :hell:

The project not only looks nice, but it seems like a really good fit for that location, too :(

I wonder if the same fate exists for library tower?


The Library Tower's sales office on Fifth Avenue had taken down their model of the tower on display in the office a few months ago. They have recently put that model back up.

Crackertastik Mar 10, 2008 9:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marina_Guy (Post 3405161)
The 'inside' info I have says it is dead. Very dead. And that is sad. Cool building. They just missed the 'easy money' times... I had heard that Doug Wilson was interested in it... but that was a while ago...

Anyone have some comments on the new Hilton? I do. That thing is so nasty. The Port is responsible for more blight. The Port of San Diego should be dismantled. They are incapable of proper planning and oversight. Go look at that thing from Coronado. Look at it as you go over the Coronado Bridge. It is more hideous blight on the skyline. It looks like they forgot to put the top on it. Also, I don't understand the ramp in front of it, is that permanent? If so, why do we have Las Vegas style ramps on the waterfront?

Im not sure what you mean by blight. This is going to be Hilton's flagship for the west coast. I personally have worked on the interior and amenities for this project, and it is kick ass. The building not be the most beautiful thing ever, but it is simplistic and certainly not NASTY. Certain vantage points give it nice character in my opinion.

The point is, it is certainly not blight. It'll be the nicest buildings on a street level that is on the waterfront in San Diego for visiting folks. Quit exagerrating.

PadreHomer Mar 11, 2008 12:14 AM

I see the Hilton Tower every day and I have no problem with it. It certainly isn't world class architecture, but I prefer it over dead shipyards, empty warehouses and empty lots though, and downtown desperately NEEDS more hotel rooms, lots of them. I only wish they could turn the marine terminal into a Chargers Stadium.

CoastersBolts Mar 11, 2008 2:09 AM

Can anyone tell me the story about Doug Manchester's proposal for the Hilton site and why the Port decided to go with Hilton over Manchester? As my memory puts it, Manchester wanted to build a hotel and marina that would not have included the ugly parking garage which has sat next to the Hilton for the last few years. I remember something about unions which would also explain why the Port continues to allow the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal operate under dubious financial benefit to the region/waterfront.

HurricaneHugo Mar 11, 2008 8:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kpexpress (Post 3405881)
Any news on the East Village suspension bridge? And speaking of bridges, when are they going to put the lights on the coronado bay bridge?

i think you mean the bridge going over harbor drive?

malsponger Mar 12, 2008 5:11 AM

yay pictures!
 
been browsing the forums for a while but never posted. Decided that everyone loves pictures as much as I do so I took my camera with me when I went for a walk on Sunday. Enjoy...

Downtown progress 3-9-08

The Columbia area really filling in with the presence of it's new guests.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2339.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2374.jpg


Breeza:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2342.jpg
With all the concrete it looks like late night choo choo passes might not be as bothersome.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2345.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2353.jpg
looks like some people might get confused on what cruise ship to board.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2390.jpg


Bayside:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2348.jpg
looks like the window frames are black which I think looks good. Interested in seeing it completed and the contrast between the wall color and windows.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2354.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2360.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2365.jpg


Sapphire:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2380.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2382.jpg
really rising fast
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2392.jpg
I like the big presence of glass but that may be an annoyance if the train noise doesn't get solved.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2387.jpg


Electra:
I wasn't a big fan of the building at first but it's really grown on me and it may be one of my favorites now.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2372.jpg


La Vita:
Another charm in my opinion
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2393.jpg

Aperture:
Lovely great looking building. Wish it was a little more centrally located.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2394.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2399.jpg
glass corners make me happy
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2398.jpg
Vantage Pointe rising in the distance, got about another 10-12 stories to go I believe.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2397.jpg


Vantage Pointe:
Massive building. Was interested in some units there but they are incredibly over priced and I imagine the place might be a zoo with that many units.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2401.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2417.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2418.jpg
I'm curious to see what the actual glass color will look like. I couldn't find any unwrapped windows.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2414.jpg


Aria:
An architecturally stunning building. Best looking building DT I think.
From Discovery
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2410.jpg
The better side
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2411.jpg
I think these units should have pointed in another direction with a better view but still cool.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2406.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2412.jpg
A little Cortez Blu in there
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2405.jpg


I don't assume this will get off the ground any time soon?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2402.jpg


Diegan:
Only shot I could get without breaking the walk routine. Anyone know the current status of this place? Heard some lawsuits were going on between original developer and Setai.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2419.jpg


Smart Corner:
I really like this place and it's a cool concept. There's some baggage to be had for now but I don't think it's as bad as people make it out to be.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2421.jpg


And a little snip it of The Mark:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...r/IMG_2424.jpg

CoastersBolts Mar 12, 2008 5:56 AM

With the housing market going down the toilet like it is, I hope that we aren't about to see a bunch of very dark condos being completed. Hopefully the projects under construction now will be the last we see for a while as the market recovers.

bmfarley Mar 12, 2008 5:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by malsponger (Post 3410246)
been browsing the forums for a while but never posted. Decided that everyone loves pictures as much as I do so I took my camera with me when I went for a walk on Sunday. Enjoy...

Sweet photo post. Agree with you on many comments.

I really like Bayside and how it's turning out; especially the podium levels right on the corner of Pacific and Ash. I don't think the initial illustrations did the project much justice.

I think it would be really cool to see a time lapse photography looking north up Pacific, from say Harbor, of development of the corridor over the next few years. We have Bayside and Breeza today, NBC and Lane Field, and 700 Broadway coming soon. We should see a stunning transformation along this roadway very soon.

HurricaneHugo Mar 12, 2008 8:09 AM

Best first post ever.

navyweaxguy Mar 12, 2008 11:35 AM

Will be in SD for a few days starting on Sunday. Anyone wanna help me look for an apt? :D Thinking DT or Coronado. 1 bedroom.

Derek Mar 13, 2008 1:44 AM

Nice shots! Sapphire shot up really fast.


I drove by the Atmosphere today actually and noticed some below ground work had commenced. Was this project started and halted? Or is there some new life?

malsponger Mar 13, 2008 3:21 AM

I'd never noticed it before but I do not go into Cortez Hill often so am not sure if its new or has been there a while. The sign looked kinda faded and dead. With the way the market is and all the new buildings I wouldn't be surprised if it was halted.

bmfarley Mar 13, 2008 4:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Derek loves SD (Post 3412392)
Nice shots! Sapphire shot up really fast.


I drove by the Atmosphere today actually and noticed some below ground work had commenced. Was this project started and halted? Or is there some new life?

It definately was in a suspended mode; for over a year I believe. However, I seem to recall the property and project plans were sold 2-3 months ago.

Derek Mar 13, 2008 4:09 AM

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Originally Posted by bmfarley (Post 3412684)
It definately was in a suspended mode; for over a year I believe. However, I seem to recall the property and project plans were sold 2-3 months ago.

Oh, interesting. Well, I'll try to give you all updates on that particular project since I noticed something. That is if there are going to be any updates to give.


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