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Derek Jun 2, 2013 12:27 AM

The building on the left looks like it should've been built in 1958 in Reno.

navyweaxguy Jun 2, 2013 7:32 PM

Lol, that would fit perfectly in Reno.

spoonman Jun 7, 2013 5:50 AM

I'm actually surprised the Coastal Commission is allowing towers up to 300 ft. there, knowing their attitude about development.

SDfan Jun 10, 2013 10:48 PM


Originally Posted by spoonman (Post 6156435)
I'm actually surprised the Coastal Commission is allowing towers up to 300 ft. there, knowing their attitude about development.

I know, it seems unreal, but the CCC is allowing it because of the large habitat restoration and environmental improvements being made on the CV bayfront.

tyleraf Jun 12, 2013 7:01 PM

The Pacific Heights project will be 22 stories and 249 ft. It will be on the other half of the block that McDonald's is at.

HurricaneHugo Jun 13, 2013 12:18 AM

I like it!

tyleraf Jun 13, 2013 12:35 AM

Filner has made Bill Fulton, Vice President of Smart Growth America, his new planning director. It is nice to hear that he is anti-sprawl.

tyleraf Jun 14, 2013 4:09 AM

New proposal for downtown. 401 W Ash is 22 stories and 268 ft. I don't really like it, it is too bland.

HurricaneHugo Jun 14, 2013 5:42 AM

Kinda like it since it's different from what we've seen!

kpexpress Jun 14, 2013 7:34 PM


Originally Posted by tyleraf (Post 6164218)
New proposal for downtown. 401 W Ash is 22 stories and 268 ft. I don't really like it, it is too bland.

Who is the developer and design team?

tyleraf Jun 15, 2013 1:46 AM

Kpexpress:I don't know. It just showed up on civicsd.

ArquitectoMontenegro Jun 15, 2013 6:48 AM

It's half bland, half interesting. I'm going to be optimistic and hold out for some night renderings--it could look like a glowing computer chip in the night skyline. Why not? That's a good sign if its a real hotel project proposal--with lane field hotel nearby, is this indicative of an upturn for the SD hotel market?


Bertrice Jun 16, 2013 4:02 AM

It's half bland, half interesting.

so is the rest of downtown

Northparkwizard Jun 16, 2013 6:46 PM

One half boring, 2nd half boring too.

spoonman Jun 17, 2013 2:06 AM

This, plus the affordable housing project on the next block (formerly Atmosphere) will help fill in this area.

Bertrice Jun 17, 2013 11:02 PM
Civita: San Diego’s New City within the City

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Village Walk, the retail destination at Civita, lies in the center of the development so that all residents are within walking distance.

Civita, a 230.5-acre (93 ha), transit-oriented development (TOD) in San Diego’s Mission Valley district, is the largest sustainable, mixed-use project ever undertaken in the region, in terms of the number of residential units and commercial space.

Designed by local architect and planner Gordon Carrier, a principal at Carrier Johnson & Culture, the project is creating a high-density urban village organized around a network of parks and open space, with housing, retail, office, and civic components linked by pedestrian trails, walkable streets, and bike paths.

Formerly known as Quarry Falls, Civita is a joint venture of locally based Sudberry Properties and the Grant Family Trust, which has owned the property since the late 1920s. Mined for 70 years, the site’s hillside had been bored down to the water table and the pit was filled with rubble and trash, says Colton Sudberry, president and chief executive officer of the Sudberry development company. He notes that Vulcan Materials, the last company to mine the sand and gravel quarry, built the site up 30 feet (9 m) with engineered fill to create a stable foundation.

Plans call for 60 to 70 acres (24 to 28 ha) of parks and open space; 4,780 residential units; and 900,000 square feet (83,613 sq m) of commercial space in three components. Commercial development includes the following: Village Walk, a town center with 400,000 square feet (37,161 sq m) of retail amenities and possibly some housing and office space; an urban village center, with a mix of affordable housing integrated vertically with 100,000 square feet (9,290 sq m) of neighborhood retail and possibly boutique office space; and a stand-alone office campus with 400,000 square feet (37,161 sq m) of Class A space.

S.DviaPhilly Jun 19, 2013 10:38 PM

Construction Update in the East Village Ballpark area
Was walking around my hood this am before work and decided to take some pics of all the construction going on.

15th and Island - underground parking coming along nicely!

15th and Island again

15th and Market, Coming along nicely.

13th and Market, Outside nearing completion!

Park & G. (Lofts at 688), in the beginning stages (open early 2015)

Urbana (10th Ave. between Island and J), plugging along

New Downtown San Diego Library, Almost Complete - Opening September 23rd, 2013!!!

Bertrice Jun 22, 2013 9:05 PM
plaza de panama

spoonman Jun 23, 2013 7:31 PM

^Looks jenky. My vote was for the Jacobs plan. Anyone else have an opinion on that, without making this a debate?

SDfan Jun 24, 2013 1:22 AM

I was fine with the Jacobs plan as well. The real joke is calling anything on the Prado "historical." May I remind everyone that those buildings are plaster models that falsely romanticize our region's history. I mean it's pretty and all, but it's no Machu Picchu/Parthenon/Louvre. It's not even Old Town, which is actually historically significant.

But getting anything done in this city requires about 35 years of debate between historical preservationists (preserving any structure 10 years or older or tagged "craftsman," "Spanish revival," or "post-modern"), community planning boards ("Is this taller than 30 feet and how many parking spaces are included?"), and city planners ("Your permit will be processed in 4 to 6 ...years).

I know I'm lucky to live here an all, but God damn, nothing gets done quickly (except for shoddy paint jobs over asphalt in Balboa Park).

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