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IconRPCV Mar 24, 2007 4:50 PM

To contribute to the whole commuting discussion; I commute from the ICON downtown to Temecula. I might very well be the only person that does this, "Reverse commute" but I enjoy the urbanity of downtown and unfortunatley to be able to afford it I have to work in temecula, educators make squat in SD. Hey its both ways against traffic but almost two hours in a car every day is killing me.

Derek Mar 24, 2007 4:51 PM

^what!? how did that happen? :jester:

spoonman Mar 24, 2007 5:33 PM

That tower at First & Island will add some density to that area there. I can't wait to see the rendering! Personally, I hope the tower looks a little more like the one slated for the Staples site rather than say the Grande.

Derek Mar 24, 2007 6:03 PM

it will be taller than the twin towers that will be right in front of it...i just dont understand why they spent so much money to bulldoze a parking lot...just to put another one up :shrug:

<ak/> Mar 24, 2007 6:29 PM


Originally Posted by Derek loves SD (Post 2714479)
Block bounded by First and Second avenues and Island and J streets

Bosa Development is proposing to construct a 38-story, mixed-use project consisting of 172 condominiums, 23,000 sf of retail space and 435 parking spaces on the block bounded by First and Second avenues and Island and J streets. The project would convert the existing J Street parking lot into a public plaza. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2007 with completion targeted for spring 2010.

quite nice location :tup:

Derek Mar 24, 2007 6:34 PM

^indeed :)

HurricaneHugo Mar 24, 2007 10:36 PM


Originally Posted by Derek loves SD (Post 2714645)
it will be taller than the twin towers that will be right in front of it...i just dont understand why they spent so much money to bulldoze a parking lot...just to put another one up :shrug:

which towers?

horizon or the harbor club?

Derek Mar 24, 2007 10:37 PM

oh, the Harbor Club :)

spoonman Mar 25, 2007 5:46 AM

That site was almost developed into a new KUSI studio and hotel before the project died and Bosa bought the land. As far as KUSI goes, I pulled this exerpt from Wikipedia:

"In the fall of 2007, KUSI was planning to open new state-of-the-art streetside studios in downtown San Diego. However, the building that was supposed to house their new studio was sold. At this present time, KUSI will remain at their Kearny Mesa studios."

Here's a picture of the building that was almost built on that site.

Derek Mar 25, 2007 5:47 AM

^i think we all remember this proposal quite well ;)

spoonman Mar 25, 2007 5:52 AM

I'm not sure who's seen this one and who hasn't as I believe some members have joined the forum more recently than others. As I recall, there were some mixed feelings on the project.

Derek Mar 25, 2007 5:56 AM

^true, but us old timers remember it ;)(like i qualify)...i personally liked it...others didnt...oh well...

Derek Mar 26, 2007 4:43 AM

what is your guys thoughts on the First and J (aka First and Island now...)on the transformation of an old parking lot into a new parking lot?(considering it is going to be redeveloped in the very near future) i dont really have any good reasons to just doesnt make sense to me...

spoonman Mar 26, 2007 4:51 AM

Derek, Have you been to the site? I wonder if the reason would become obvious to us if we had been there. Problem is if there was some problem with the lot or site, it would probably be fixed by now anyway.

Sorry, I raised more questions than I answered.

Derek Mar 26, 2007 4:53 AM

oh, its cool, but yeah, i was at the site on Friday...i remember a few weeks ago the site was just dirt and a fence was up(and i also saw trucks and heavy machinery on the site prior to this...), i thought something good was gonna happen...then i kind of ignored it for a few weeks...then i decide to take a walk and BAM! its a parking lot...out of nowhere:shrug:

spoonman Mar 26, 2007 5:16 AM

in the satellite pic above there is a building there. Did it go from building to parking lot to dirt to parking lot. That doesn't sound right.

Derek Mar 26, 2007 5:17 AM

the parking lot was in and outside of the building ;)

Crackertastik Mar 26, 2007 6:00 AM

you know what i have always wondered? i always remember parking near the the harbor club, and really the area is cool, but if you arent a part of the club, it might as well nothing at all. tall buildings always are hotels, condos, offices, or some mixture of that. very secluded. Why cant they make vertical public space? land is at a premium, and downtown needs park space. why cant we build the park up instead of out? one block, 400 feet high, maybe 15 levels, different parks, landscaping, art dispays, skate parks, vantage points, restaurants, running paths, swimming pools, etc? why cant they make an entire building with tons with the things you would find in your park? i think that would be a very innovative idea.

Derek Mar 26, 2007 6:01 AM

^that would be something cool...but 400 feet seems a bit high!! unfortunately, i dont think there would be much public demand for this type of structure...

spoonman Mar 26, 2007 6:12 AM

I posted a La Jolla Commons thread along with the others. Does anyone have info on any other UTC projects. Isn't there is a Monte Verde project that may contain (4) 40-floor buildings there? Does anyone know what happened to this project?

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