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Derek Apr 5, 2007 6:32 AM

yo SD urban...im gunna post your pics from SSC aight?

Derek Apr 5, 2007 6:34 AM

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Originally Posted by sd_urban (Post 12427528)
Some new stuff -


14th & K St
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...%203/14thK.jpg

Design approval was granted for 14th & K St, a 7, 11, and 23-story (65’ – 236’) residential tower located on the block bounded by J St, K St, 13th, and 14th. When completed, the 222-unit building will have ten shopkeepers, 27 studios, 104 one- bedroom, and 81 two-bedroom condominiums; 318 spaces in a four-level underground garage.

The three buildings are positioned around a seismic fault; this open area creates an urban canyon to be enjoyed by residents and those passing by. Retail (8,000 square feet) will be situated at the building’s corners. The buildings design are rustic in feel, using brick and exposed aggregate concrete at their bases with light glass and metal finish in the towers to compliment the rehabilitation of the existing historical building. (East Village – Lower East Neighborhood)



RIVA TRIGOSO
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...ivaTrigoso.jpg

Design approval was granted for Riva Trigoso, a 7-story (88’) mixed-use building with 40 condominium units, 9,900 square feet of commercial retail space, 11,500 square feet of commercial office space, and nearly 5,000 square feet of roof terraces and communal open spaces, located on the south side of Date between State and Columbia. The three-level below grade garage parks 94 cars.

Inspired by 1920s and 1930s Italian rationalist architecture, the project subtlety incorporates nautical elements of the tuna fishing industry. The clean lines and orthogonal volumes are highlighted by deep bays and large storefront windows framed with sea glass, mosaic tile panels, and light-colored porcelain tile. (Little Italy Neighborhood)



PARKSIDE
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...3/Parkside.jpg
Parkside, a mixed-use affordable rental housing project located on the north side of Island Avenue between 13th and 14th streets. The developer, Parkside Terrace, L.P.’s project would contain 77 apartments, 76 of which are planned affordable units. Necessary actions include termination of Owner Participation Agreement with Oak Shelter Systems, LLC. The project would involve an agency loan not to exceed $13,791,000 from the Centre City Redevelopment Low-and Moderate-income Housing Fund.



Some random pics I took earlier this week -


Smart Corner is looking pretty smart
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7602.jpg

Tenants of DiamondView are beginning to move in. This should bring some daytime foot traffic to East Village.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7542.jpg

Aria is looking sleek
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7599.jpg

MetroWork office condos
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7574.jpg

Candy Factory(?) restoration
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7537.jpg

Park Terrace
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7543.jpg

Alta towers behind new townhomes at The Mark
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7528.jpg

The Legend rises above another historic building being restored
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7532.jpg

Electra standing tall
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7573.jpg

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Originally Posted by sd_urban (Post 12427623)
Here's the proposed Navy tower at NBC

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...03/navy280.jpg


More pics -

Vantage Pointe at floor 2, with 38 more to go!!
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7605.jpg

Electra from Pantoja Park
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7580.jpg

It's amazing how fast the Hilton is going up!
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7530.jpg

:tup:

spoonman Apr 5, 2007 6:40 AM

That's great news SD Urban! That site was originally going to be a parking structure. I think it's funny that the project will include a police substation. The police headquarters is about 6 blocks away...lol

Derek Apr 5, 2007 6:44 AM

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Originally Posted by sandiego_urban (Post 2744459)
What the hell has happened in here? How did you all get so chatty in just a couple of days? I guess the only way to keep up-to-date in here is to check in everyday...not necessarily a bad thing :)


Here's an interesting article from this week's SD Business Journal regarding the 7th & Market proposal. This condo/apartment/hotel will have 638 units, so chances are favorable for a fairly tall tower. I believe this project is the empty lot in between The Mark and Alta.


Redevelopment Arm OKs Proposal for Historic Block on Market Street

African American District Was Once Called Harlem of the West

By JESSICA LONG
San Diego Business Journal Staff


A downtown city block once slated to become little more than another reinforced-concrete parking lot may soon host apartments, condos, a hotel and a police substation, as well as public art and retail space.

A committee of the Centre City Development Corp. voted March 26 to accept a proposal by the joint venture of Related/City Link Investment to develop the 55,000-square-foot block bounded by Seventh Avenue on the west, Market Street on the north, Eighth Avenue on the east and Island Avenue on the south.

Related LP is based in New York, while City Link Investment Corp. is based in downtown San Diego.

On March 28, the full CCDC board approved an exclusive negotiation agreement with Related/City Link that paves the way for the two to discuss finances.

In Related/City Link’s proposal, total development costs for developing the block are listed at $298 million.

“It’s envisioned to be a fairly extensive mixed-use project,” said John Collum, senior project manager with the Centre City Development Corp., the city’s planning and redevelopment agency that oversees downtown redevelopment projects.

CCDC owns the block, excluding a privately owned, 56-room hotel designated a historic landmark because of its relationship with African Americans who visited the city.

The venerable Clermont Hotel, once advertised as “a hotel for colored people,” was built in 1887.

The history of the property is expected to play a big role in the redevelopment project, which may include public art or some other kind of homage to an area dubbed the Harlem of the West in the 1920s.

In its proposal to CCDC, Related/City Link proposed a project that was roughly 1 percent police storefront and cultural space, 2 percent retail/restaurant, 21 percent condos, 35 percent hotel and 41 percent apartments.

The proposed hotel would feature 220 rooms, according to city documents that have been filed with CCDC.

The overall project would include 418 apartments and condos, with the average size being 753 square feet.


About 20 percent of the units would be considered affordable housing, and offered to residents with lower incomes.

Representatives for Related/City Link were unavailable to give details of their proposal.

According to Derek Danziger, communications director for CCDC, the process of selecting a developer for Seventh and Market began several months ago.

Related/City Link was among seven original proposal submitters, a pool that was later whittled to three, then two and, finally, just one last week.

“Basically, our board said we had a much greater opportunity to do more,” Danziger said. “Parking will still be an essential element, but now there’s room to develop other things.”


a pic of that site that i took...not extensive...
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d1...2007-SD042.jpg
Padre's Pizza is across the street...
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d1...2007-SD041.jpg

spoonman Apr 5, 2007 6:47 AM

Is Padre's pizza good? I make it down to SD once a month?

Derek Apr 5, 2007 6:50 AM

its just another pizza place...its not bad though...i like it cuz it involves "Padres"...ahhh:tup:

sandiego_urban Apr 5, 2007 6:59 AM

As much as we all get excited about the big projects, it's the small, individual businesses that help keep the streets lively.

Here's some stuff I discovered in East Village that's helping to transform the neighborhood-

A sneak peak at the restaurant/live music venue/bowling alley under construction now
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7749.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...IMG_7748-1.jpg

And the new coffeehouse around the corner from the future bowling alley that's getting ready to open soon. According to the owners working inside, they will be open every night till midnight. What a great asset this will be to the area. For those of you familiar with PB, Zanzibar Coffee is opening up a couple of blocks away.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7744.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7743.jpg

The cool thing about this place are the jumbo coffee roasters in the glass room in back of this pic. It's similar to the large vats that you see in the local microbreweries. This place will also have a second story mezzinine.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7742.jpg

The owners hard at work
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y12...l/IMG_7741.jpg

Derek Apr 5, 2007 7:00 AM

i cant wait for that bowling alley;)

sandiego_urban Apr 5, 2007 7:04 AM

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Originally Posted by spoonman (Post 2744475)
That's great news SD Urban! That site was originally going to be a parking structure.

I know, but luckily CCDC realizes that putting a parking lot there would be underutilizing the block. Can't wait to see the renderings for this...

Derek Apr 5, 2007 7:05 AM

do you know when completion is expected for the bowling alley?

Derek Apr 5, 2007 7:05 AM

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Originally Posted by sandiego_urban (Post 2744525)
I know, but luckily CCDC realizes that putting a parking lot there would be underutilizing the block. Can't wait to see the renderings for this...

i recognized this too...definitly a very good thing;)

its in a pretty good location, too...

Urban Sky Apr 5, 2007 7:16 AM

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Originally Posted by sandiego_urban (Post 2744459)
What the hell has happened in here? How did you all get so chatty in just a couple of days? I guess the only way to keep up-to-date in here is to check in everyday...not necessarily a bad thing :)

im here thats hows.

Urban Sky Apr 5, 2007 7:56 AM

i cant believe they are building a zanzibar downtown! i love that place! and a bowling alley! holy crap!

spoonman Apr 5, 2007 8:11 AM

Doesn't Zanzibar in PB have music and events?

eburress Apr 5, 2007 4:49 PM

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Originally Posted by spoonman (Post 2744405)
Sorry, but I think there is a lot more than it sounds like you might be giving credit for. Think of Sorrento Valley (now including the new Qualcomm complex...which is a fancy green building too), UTC, University Heights, Mission Valley and the Balboa Park/163 Corridor. Coronado even has condo towers by the Hotel Del. Del Mar Heights has had success building mid-rise offices and I wouldn't be suprised to see a highrise or two there in the not too distant future.

In other places I've lived (most recently Dallas), there is much more than this.

Urban Sky Apr 5, 2007 6:26 PM

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Originally Posted by spoonman (Post 2744599)
Doesn't Zanzibar in PB have music and events?

i believe they do. im glad downtown is finally getting a few more indie coffee shops. SO tired of seeing starbucks every square mile. I make it a point to go to Bassam on Market and 4th instead of the Starbucks that was strategically placed across the street. a-holes!

^^ thanks for all the updates yall...every time i hear something like this, i get even more pumped about downtown san diego being one of the best urban areas in the country.

sandiego_urban Apr 5, 2007 7:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Derek loves SD (Post 2744526)
do you know when completion is expected for the bowling alley?

Looks like a June opening, according to this blurb from the latest issue of SD Metropolitan Magazine -

Returning bowling to Downtown, Dan Hurd, Michael Merrigan and Richard Synott, owners of the Gaslamp Tavern at Fifth Avenue and E Street, will open the East Village Tavern and Bowling Alley at 930 Market St. in June. The 9,124-square-foot hotspot will include Downtown’s only bowling alley — the six lanes alone will occupy 4,000 square feet — plus an expanded bar and kitchen area. “We haven’t been able to do the menu we wanted (at the 2,200-square-foot Gaslamp) so this extra space will allow us to do that,” Hurd says. Hungry bowlers can look forward to grilled paninis, pastas and several entrée salads in addition to a food and beverage menu similar to the Gaslamp Tavern’s. This isn’t Downtown’s first bowling alley — at least three have rolled through 92101 at various times, including Academy Bowl, Sunshine Alley and Tower Bowl, which was located where One America Plaza now towers.


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Originally Posted by Urban Sky
I make it a point to go to Bassam on Market and 4th instead of the Starbucks that was strategically placed across the street. a-holes!

Are you aware that Cafe Bassam closed recently? The new owner of the building raised their rent so much that they were forced to close. Cafe Bassam's owner says he will open up again in either Hillcrest or North Park.

Urban Sky Apr 5, 2007 8:13 PM

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Originally Posted by sandiego_urban (Post 2745598)
Looks like a June opening, according to this blurb from the latest issue of SD Metropolitan Magazine -

Returning bowling to Downtown, Dan Hurd, Michael Merrigan and Richard Synott, owners of the Gaslamp Tavern at Fifth Avenue and E Street, will open the East Village Tavern and Bowling Alley at 930 Market St. in June. The 9,124-square-foot hotspot will include Downtown’s only bowling alley — the six lanes alone will occupy 4,000 square feet — plus an expanded bar and kitchen area. “We haven’t been able to do the menu we wanted (at the 2,200-square-foot Gaslamp) so this extra space will allow us to do that,” Hurd says. Hungry bowlers can look forward to grilled paninis, pastas and several entrée salads in addition to a food and beverage menu similar to the Gaslamp Tavern’s. This isn’t Downtown’s first bowling alley — at least three have rolled through 92101 at various times, including Academy Bowl, Sunshine Alley and Tower Bowl, which was located where One America Plaza now towers..


Here's Downtown San Diego's original bowling alley circa 1920s. The view is facing East on Broadway. As mentioned above, this Bowling alley was sitting where One America Plaza now stands.
http://www.sdera.org/images/photos/t...oadway23_m.jpg


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Originally Posted by sandiego_urban (Post 2745598)
Are you aware that Cafe Bassam closed recently? The new owner of the building raised their rent so much that they were forced to close. Cafe Bassam's owner says he will open up again in either Hillcrest or North Park.


WHAT?! Man, I haven't been there in two months and look what happens. Apparently, they couldn't stay open without my patronage. Fucking starbucks. I blame them. That sucks because Bassam has been there FOREVER!!! Well, I guess on the bright side, Bassam will be replaced with a couple new, unique coffee houses that will hopefully bring the same flavor to DTSD that Bassam did for so many years.

Derek Apr 5, 2007 9:52 PM

thanks SD urban



Andrew, that picture is mind-blowing!!! wow...the changes...

mello Apr 5, 2007 10:29 PM

Why does San Diego County have so few Highrises??
 
I totally agree with eburress: Look at metro areas like Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, even suburban areas of Orange County and LA !! They all have way more highrises spread out all over the metro area than SD County.

Shit Oxnard has a couple of highrises. How come north of UTC you find NOTHING. (The shit off Del Mar Heights doesn't count as highrises in my book)

Carlsbad/Oceanside/Escondido/Vista etc. all fairly large cities with lots of office space but it is all in low slung campus style buildings. Kearny Mesa/El Cajon/Chula Vista NO highrises I just don't get it.

The other metros I mentioned above are flat with no hills or oceans to restrict them so you would think they wouldn't have to build vertical. Is it because they have more fortune 500's?? Maybe it is because we are so close to the megalopolis of LA that they suck up all the kinds of companies that locate in highrises. :shrug:


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