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stockjock May 4, 2007 7:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by druna974 (Post 2814631)
I just got my keys for The Mark, I'll post some pics of the inside and views this weekend!

Congrats and please do post the pics. I'd be interested in checking the place out. What sort of unit did you buy there and on what floor?

druna974 May 4, 2007 8:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stockjock (Post 2814839)
Congrats and please do post the pics. I'd be interested in checking the place out. What sort of unit did you buy there and on what floor?

We bought a 2BR, 2B, on the 18th Floor in the SE corner. Aprox 1150 SQ Ft. The balcony overlooks PETCO, but I can't quite see home plate, because of Parkloft - damn!

eburress May 4, 2007 9:00 PM

Congrats, Druna! When's the house-warming party????

mello May 4, 2007 10:22 PM

Damn druna ballin shot callin 20 inch blades on the impala, can I be your personal assistant mang? I do real good work, shine ya shoes, give foot massages and shit! Na foo congrats you doin yo thang, I ain't hatin, I got 300 square feet on Washington street across from the board of education.

Hey atleast I can walk to the DMV and Whole Foods har har

stockjock May 5, 2007 12:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by druna974 (Post 2814944)
We bought a 2BR, 2B, on the 18th Floor in the SE corner. Aprox 1150 SQ Ft. The balcony overlooks PETCO, but I can't quite see home plate, because of Parkloft - damn!

I bought at Vantage Pointe about 6 blocks north of you and I figure I won't be able to see the fireworks at Petco Park because of...THE MARK!!!

Derek May 5, 2007 6:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by druna974 (Post 2814631)
I just got my keys for The Mark, I'll post some pics of the inside and views this weekend!

You are incredibly lucky! Congrats:tup:

bmfarley May 7, 2007 5:39 AM

This thread needs a bump and so this topic is relavent to San Diego I am taqking liberties of a post I put on the California section earlier this morning:

According to an email I recieved, and pasted below for your information, a State Senate Budget subcommittee will consider funding the original request from the California High Speed Rail Authority for next years budget. Not covered in the email, but pertinent to Thursday's heaing is that the CHSRA originally requested $103 million to advance environmental and engineering efforts, as well as purchase critical right of way. Schwarzeneggers original budget only allocated $1.3 million.


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While Gov. Schwarzenegger has been touting his "green" credentials, it appears that his administration is trying to kill high-speed rail. And with a tight budget situation in Sacramento this year many legislators are not yet committed to supporting funding for HSR.

We need high-speed rail to combat climate change and prevent our state from traffic paralysis in the future. The alternatives are highway and airport expansions that cost twice as much and create a lot of negative environmental impacts. But if the High Speed Rail Authority doesn't get significant funding this year the project may be dead. Because the environmental work done to date has a limited shelf life, being unable to complete the work this year could kill the project and waste the $47 million investment made by the state so far.

On Thursday, May 10, there will be a key committee hearing in Sacramento that will largely determine whether or not HSR is funded. Please fax letters to the committee members or join us for the hearing in Sacramento to express
your support for HSR.

Senate Budget Subcommittee #4
Thursday, May 10 @ 10 AM or upon adjournment of the previous session, Room 112, State Capitol item 2665, the High Speed Rail Authority's budget

For more information, please see the letter that BayRail Alliance has sent in support of the project: http://www.bayrailalliance.org/calif...igh_speed_rail
The Governor's staff will be watching this hearing. If we fail to demonstrate strong support, it will discourages legislators who support us and encourage the Governor to kill HSR.

Please reply to this e-mail if you can attend the hearing in Sacramento. If enough of us attend we can get discounted Capitol Corridor tickets.

Please also encourage friends who live in the members' districts below to contact their senator with letters of support. The time to do this is now!

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Members of Senate Budget Sub 4 Committee

1) Senator Michael Machado (Chair)
Senate District 5 - Tracy, Manteca and Stockton in San Joaquin County; Suisun City, Fairfield, Dixon and Vacaville in Solano County; Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland in Yolo County; as well as Walnut Grove and a portion of Elk Grove in Sacramento County.

Phone: (916) 651-4005
Fax: (916) 323-2304
State Capitol, Room 5066
Sacramento, CA 95814

2) Senator Robert Dutton (Republican)
Senate District 31 - southwestern portion of San Bernardino County and the northwestern portion of Riverside County: all of Big Bear, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Upland, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Mentone, Running Springs, An Antonio Heights and portions of San Bernardino and Colton; all of Riverside, Glen Avon, Highgrove, Mira Loma, Pedley, Rubidoux, Sunnyslope and all but a small portion of Woodcrest.

State Capitol, Room 5094
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4031
Fax: (916) 327-2272

3) Senator Christine Kehoe – Democrat from San Diego
Phone: (916) 651-4039
Fax: (916) 327-2188 State Capitol, Room 4038 Sacramento, CA 95814

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BayRail Alliance
www.bayrailalliance.org

SDCAL May 7, 2007 6:39 AM

I agree we need high-speed rail, but the airport problems can't be ignored any longer either

Saturday night, arrival, Lindergh Field. Work travel, so hired a car for pick-up. The second I meet the driver holding my name on a piece of paper, he begins complaining.

Complaining he is working later and later because back-logs in landing are causing flights to come in later

Complaining about the crowds, which he says on Fridays and Sundays you can hardly move in parts of the airport

On the car ride home he confessed that 50% of his business is driving passengers who live in San Diego County to LAX, or picking them up at LAX and taking them here. When I asked why he said it's International travelers who find it more time and cost effective to pay $2oo for a car-hire to take them from their international arrival back home than to deal with the cost and hassle of a hopper filght to SD.

As anyone who has flown overseas knows, when you arrive back at your entry destination, SF, LAX, JFK or wherever, you have to go through customs, possibly get searched, then re-check your bags on a domestic flight. It's a pain and it makes International travel from small, ill-equiped airports (like Lindbergh Field) a complete pain and waiste of time.

In terms of the airport, we are obviously not in the same category as tier-1 hubs like LAX, New York, SF, or Chicago, but I have news for you - we're not even in the same category as tier-2 regional airports such as Portland, Ore., Phoenix and Denver. Those cities all have flights to London and/or Frankfurt.

San Diego is in the same class as tier-3 municiple airports like Sacramento, Colorado Springs, Tuscon, and Albuquerque. They all have the same number of overseas flights (Zero).

For example, if you wanted to fly from Tucson to London, you would need to either coordinate ground transportation to Phoenix or take some small hopper flight to Phoenix to make the flight, just like we would have to either drive or fly to LA. Only differnece is SD is five times bigger than Tucson and more similar in size to Phoenix!!!!!!

The same scenario exists with Colorado Springs - you would need to drive or take a small plane to Denver. Even though metro San Diego is more similar in population to Devner, our airport is much more similar to Colorado Springs than to Denver Stapleton

this airport situation will be our ultimate downfall from becoming a world-class city if not addressed soon

If no new airport is built, at least high-speed rail provides more convinient transport options to LAX

eburress May 7, 2007 3:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDCAL (Post 2819216)
I agree we need high-speed rail, but the airport problems can't be ignored any longer either

Saturday night, arrival, Lindergh Field. Work travel, so hired a car for pick-up. The second I meet the driver holding my name on a piece of paper, he begins complaining.

Complaining he is working later and later because back-logs in landing are causing flights to come in later

Complaining about the crowds, which he says on Fridays and Sundays you can hardly move in parts of the airport

On the car ride home he confessed that 50% of his business is driving passengers who live in San Diego County to LAX, or picking them up at LAX and taking them here. When I asked why he said it's International travelers who find it more time and cost effective to pay $2oo for a car-hire to take them from their international arrival back home than to deal with the cost and hassle of a hopper filght to SD.

As anyone who has flown overseas knows, when you arrive back at your entry destination, SF, LAX, JFK or wherever, you have to go through customs, possibly get searched, then re-check your bags on a domestic flight. It's a pain and it makes International travel from small, ill-equiped airports (like Lindbergh Field) a complete pain and waiste of time.

In terms of the airport, we are obviously not in the same category as tier-1 hubs like LAX, New York, SF, or Chicago, but I have news for you - we're not even in the same category as tier-2 regional airports such as Portland, Ore., Phoenix and Denver. Those cities all have flights to London and/or Frankfurt.

San Diego is in the same class as tier-3 municiple airports like Sacramento, Colorado Springs, Tuscon, and Albuquerque. They all have the same number of overseas flights (Zero).

For example, if you wanted to fly from Tucson to London, you would need to either coordinate ground transportation to Phoenix or take some small hopper flight to Phoenix to make the flight, just like we would have to either drive or fly to LA. Only differnece is SD is five times bigger than Tucson and more similar in size to Phoenix!!!!!!

The same scenario exists with Colorado Springs - you would need to drive or take a small plane to Denver. Even though metro San Diego is more similar in population to Devner, our airport is much more similar to Colorado Springs than to Denver Stapleton

this airport situation will be our ultimate downfall from becoming a world-class city if not addressed soon

If no new airport is built, at least high-speed rail provides more convinient transport options to LAX

Yes, San Diego's airport situation absolutely blows, and while HSR is nice and all, it doesn't begin to address the problems.

spoonman May 7, 2007 7:41 PM

Looks like Electra and Aria are topping out at about the same time.

I've been really impressed with how Aria has ended up looking. It appears taller and sleeker than I had expected.

Also, I can't wait until Sapphire, Bayside and Breeza get out of the ground. I think Sapphire will be interesting as it has a slightly different look than we have seen lately....actually on second thought, maybe not so different, but a little more modern perhaps.

SD_Phil May 7, 2007 11:59 PM

Just a quickie update for the UTC area:

Towers at Costa Verde (Looks like they're working on the 13th floor):
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/226/4...e16ed1bf_o.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/207/4...e97c240f_o.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/211/4...b68ea5ed_o.jpg

La Jolla Commons:
(Notice the high rise starting to rise on the left)
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/192/4...0b4adc92_o.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/202/4...6a7f1d12_o.jpg

*Bonus
It was SUCH a nice day today, here's a picture of La Jolla Cove taken a couple hours ago:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/217/4...d88710cb23.jpg

Derek May 8, 2007 4:28 AM

How tall is Costa Verde supposed to be again?

SD_Phil May 8, 2007 5:26 PM

^I think it tops off at 23. Anyone know better?

sandiego_urban May 9, 2007 12:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OCtoSD (Post 2809159)
3. 6th AVENUE OFFICE - Design Review Approval Granted by Board
(East Village)
The Board granted design review approval of ENDEV’s 6th Avenue Office project,
a 13-story tower to include 12 stories of commercial office space over groundfloor
retail at 453 and 459 Sixth Avenue in East Village. Designed by Fehlman
LaBarre architects, the project is a proposed redevelopment of an infill parcel
located across the street from the Gaslamp Quarter. The Board also granted a
variance to reduce tower stepbacks from 20 feet to zero feet. This project will add
a range of downtown employment opportunities. (Vote: 4-0, with Directors
McNeely, Raffesberger and Brown Absent)


Here's the rendering and another brief summary of the project. It looks very similar to the MetroWorks project going up in LI, don't you think? It will be another nice infill project for East Village.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...enueOffice.jpg
6th Avenue Office

Design approval was granted for 6th Avenue Office, a 13-story (175’) commercial complex. The building is 12 commercial condominium office spaces (one per floor) over ground floor retail located mid-block on 6th between Island & J St. The site is currently occupied by an older low-rise commercial building. No parking is provided on the project.

The tower is a slim 47’ wide and composed of green tinted glass with a silver concrete finish with a punctuation of brick color. Each side of the building will have different material treatments that will create shadow lines during day and evening hours. (East Village – Ballpark Neighborhood)

sandiego_urban May 9, 2007 1:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by druna974
I just got my keys for The Mark, I'll post some pics of the inside and views this weekend!

We're still waiting for your pics ;)



Quote:

Originally Posted by SD_Phil (Post 2820576)
Just a quickie update for the UTC area:

Towers at Costa Verde (Looks like they're working on the 13th floor):
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/226/4...e16ed1bf_o.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/207/4...e97c240f_o.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/211/4...b68ea5ed_o.jpg

La Jolla Commons:
(Notice the high rise starting to rise on the left)
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/192/4...0b4adc92_o.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/202/4...6a7f1d12_o.jpg

*Bonus
It was SUCH a nice day today, here's a picture of La Jolla Cove taken a couple hours ago:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/217/4...d88710cb23.jpg

Thanks for the pics, SD_Phil.

I drive by the Commons tower on my way to work and that thing seems to be going up pretty fast.

Does anyone have a rendering of the Costa Verde tower? Is it a twin of the one already there? Is it really for old folks?

visionary May 9, 2007 1:24 AM

Have you guys seen the new proposed renderings for The Elle?
I don't know how to post pictures yet, but go to CW Kim's web site: http://www.cwkimarchitect.com/
It's the project titled "Columbia Tower."
45 Stories
262 Upscale Hotel
74 Hotel-Condo
70 Condo's
270 Underground Parking
...all according to the website.

You will also notice a few other projects he is working on like the Spinnaker Hotel, Grand Pacific Tower, and the Shapery Park Tower.

Enjoy!

eburress May 9, 2007 1:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by visionary (Post 2823000)
Have you guys seen the new proposed renderings for The Elle?
I don't know how to post pictures yet, but go to CW Kim's web site: http://www.cwkimarchitect.com/
It's the project titled "Columbia Tower."
45 Stories
262 Upscale Hotel
74 Hotel-Condo
70 Condo's
270 Underground Parking
...all according to the website.

You will also notice a few other projects he is working on like the Spinnaker Hotel, Grand Pacific Tower, and the Shapery Park Tower.

Enjoy!

Ouch...I don't like a single one of their projects. I hope all that junk gets killed!

Derek May 9, 2007 1:28 AM

45 stories?! New tallest by floor count in SD if built! :tup:

Derek May 9, 2007 1:30 AM

Hey! It's the old Spinnaker! What ever happened to that one?

SDCAL May 9, 2007 3:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sandiego_urban (Post 2822927)
Here's the rendering and another brief summary of the project. It looks very similar to the MetroWorks project going up in LI, don't you think? It will be another nice infill project for East Village.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...enueOffice.jpg
6th Avenue Office

Design approval was granted for 6th Avenue Office, a 13-story (175’) commercial complex. The building is 12 commercial condominium office spaces (one per floor) over ground floor retail located mid-block on 6th between Island & J St. The site is currently occupied by an older low-rise commercial building. No parking is provided on the project.

The tower is a slim 47’ wide and composed of green tinted glass with a silver concrete finish with a punctuation of brick color. Each side of the building will have different material treatments that will create shadow lines during day and evening hours. (East Village – Ballpark Neighborhood)

It's small but I like it - - nice clean design, the compactness is cool lookin, the idea to have each side with different material treatments to create shadows is also cool

Wish they would put some of this creativity into the tower projects - -

seems like our smaller projects are the real winners downtown - creative thought without being tacky.

On the other hand, the high-rise towers look like they were designed by some retired architect who had his hay-day in the 80s and now he has a toupe, plays shuffleboard, and is designing San Diego's towers based on inspiration from his retirement home in Boca Raton Florida.

I agree that the website for "CW KIM Architects" is disgusting, those buildings are tacky.

If you want to bring an Asian-inspired touch to a room you can do it by adding a few nice pieces, some antiques that compliment the decor. If you go overboard, however, your room will look like a bad Chinese Restaurant.

I feel this is the same mistake that is being made with the "nautical" theme here in SD. Yes we should celebrate our wonderful seaside location, but if I see one more high-rise or bridge or anything else designed to resemble a sail I am going to puke :slob: This was the inspiration for the convention center, it's the inspiration for alot of the new towers, I don't want our downtown to look too much like a "theme" city. I mean what's next, put some giant statue of a pirate that looks like the long-johnsilver's logo out on our bay?


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