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Crackertastik Mar 10, 2014 5:41 AM


Originally Posted by Kenchiku desu (Post 6486057)
Multiple hotels on one property or near to one another simply serve different niches and thereby serve a wider market without diluting the "experience" of the pricier hotel. They also can share some costs to have an economy of scale and can refer customers to one another.

Exactly this. The brands ideally will be of two different market classes, and ideally only one step in class difference for cross sale options. The complexing if under same management can save 1-5% in margins which is nice by sharing staff and spreading fixed costs.

It is a very popular trend in hotel development nowadays...for good reason.

Chapelo Mar 12, 2014 2:10 AM


Originally Posted by tyleraf (Post 6485438)

You can see the webcam atop the tower on the left, at the pinnacle.

Massive concrete pour today. Doesn't look like much in these pictures, but there were concrete trucks arriving one after the other for most of the day.

tyleraf Mar 12, 2014 1:48 PM

The new county courthouse broke ground Monday. Also, it looks like the US open is coming back in 2021!

Bertrice Mar 14, 2014 3:38 AM

I not sure why they are re paving Hornblend st but I can think of alot more roads that need this. :shrug:

tyleraf Mar 14, 2014 5:05 AM

This could be interesting.

Streamliner Mar 14, 2014 5:52 PM

Has anybody else noticed that the First National Bank Center building has a (new?) lighting scheme? I didn't get a picture, but there is a white border around each of the "steps" at the top. I saw it last night when driving home from the airport. It looks very nice.

I'm referring to this building:
Source: Wikipedia

tyleraf Mar 14, 2014 7:27 PM

That's cool. The First National Bank Center just recently was purchased by a new owner and they have been renovating it.

Prahaboheme Mar 16, 2014 6:38 PM


Originally Posted by Prahaboheme (Post 6447844)
Thanks for posting this. I'm excited to see this sign preserved and hopefully restored to another part of the city. Additionally, great to see this block developed into a higher density building. A win-win.

I believe this is still the current rendering:

Drove by the site and noticed that the entire original building has been demolished. I thought the plan was to preserve the Fat City facade and incorporate it into the new development. Disappointing...

tyleraf Mar 16, 2014 7:00 PM

Prahaboheme: they saved the sign but they are building a new building that will look the same as the old one. Also while I was downtown today I saw that demolition has begun on the old brake depot and construction fences are all around the Blue Sky site. Also fences are up around the New Courthouse site as well so I would guess that ground breaking should be happening soon.

tyleraf Mar 19, 2014 11:55 PM

Work is full steam ahead at Blue Sky. Here is an article with some recent pics. Note:the render is outdated though.

tyleraf Mar 20, 2014 11:24 PM

BIG concrete pour at Sempra headquarters this Saturday!

tyleraf Mar 22, 2014 1:13 AM

Downtown is getting a new farmers market starting Sunday at old police headquarters.

tyleraf Mar 22, 2014 8:14 PM

Big Downtown photo update
Fat City Hotel:
County Administration Building Park:
North Embarcadero Visionary Plan:
Also, Lane Field looks like it is getting closer to construction but I didn't get any photos.
9th and Broadway:
Blue Sky: The Brake Depot is history!
Sempra: Huge concrete pour today!
15th and Market:
15th and Island:

SDfan Mar 22, 2014 9:55 PM

Thank you for the update, Tyleraf.

Bertrice Mar 23, 2014 4:53 PM

Mission Beach residents complaining about a new project that will create congestion. lol

Northparkwizard Mar 25, 2014 1:20 AM

Great Waterfront Park update video just got posted showing trees arriving, Geofoam being placed, and the fountains beginning to take shape. Link.

tyleraf Mar 25, 2014 5:18 AM

I'm glad to see the progress on the CAC park. I can't wait until it is complete!

Prahaboheme Mar 25, 2014 6:12 PM

Some North Park Infill:
The North Parker - possibly the best infill development around. The ground floor looks incredibly engaging; this is going to have a major impact on this little section of town. It is still a shame though that across the street is a Jack in the Box.
Old Post Office redevelopment --

Sempra headquarters:

A few other East Village infill updates:
Community College progress

SDfan Mar 25, 2014 9:14 PM

Some nice infill there. I like the projects in North Park. I just hope their can be more progressive developments like these in the future. I've been reading a lot of planning committee notes and community newspaper articles on the topic lately from the urban neighborhoods and, sadly, these groups are hell bent on saran wrapping their communities in oppressive height restrictions, excessive parking requirements, and pro-car, pro-down zoning, anti-bicycle policies. These people are making affordability worse, and creating exclusive communities for their own interests. In 20 years these neighborhoods are going to become retirement communities for who were either lucky enough to buy in when the market was only slightly less affordable or those who are wealthy enough on their own (fewer, and fewer among us). As a millennial, this is depressing, but these people will reap what they sow when disinvestment and economic stagnation claim their communities.

mello Mar 26, 2014 5:28 AM


Originally Posted by SDfan (Post 6511564)
Some nice infill there.

Excellent point SDfan, I completely agree that these planning groups could totally screw the future or "Greater Uptown". But aren't developers chomping at the bit to get in there and they have powerful interests. I swear I have been down in Chula Vista a lot lately and I know it isn't hip and happening but it has great coastal weather and really is not that far from downtown at all and there is so much land there that is either totally underused or vacant.

Palomar, Main street exits especially. I think there is big potential there, if developers and people open their mind and some height is allowed to take advantage of views. And there are actually a lot of cool older nabes in the heart of Chula Vista that have good bones.

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