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sandiegodweller Nov 24, 2010 6:30 AM

Upper East Village RFQ
 
Looks like an RFQ has been issued for a big development downtown.

Go the the link below and scroll to bottom of document for links to the RFQ and Vision Plan.

Downtown San Diego Opportunity

Upper East Village presents a unique opportunity for creative and qualified developers to redevelop 5.38 acres of privately-owned property in Downtown San Diego. The redevelopment site consist of five contiguous city blocks, under one ownership, located south of San Diego City College.

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact....XoLKYwnQ%3D%3D

SDfan Nov 24, 2010 7:13 AM

^^ I love the proposal by carrier-johnson in the "upper east village vision plan".

kpexpress Nov 24, 2010 11:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDfan (Post 5067761)
^^ I love the proposal by carrier-johnson in the "upper east village vision plan".

X2!!! Can't wait for this!

Lipani Nov 24, 2010 11:41 PM

I love just about every part of this proposal. It'll be great seeing this part of downtown getting a much needed makeover (literally!).

HurricaneHugo Nov 25, 2010 6:05 AM

Eh.

I'm happy as long as something is done with UpEasVil.

*UpEasVil is the future yuppified name ;)

HurricaneHugo Nov 25, 2010 6:20 AM

And Lipani, there can only be one Mexican in this thread. :twoguns:

Lipani Nov 27, 2010 12:08 AM

No worries! I'm a Mexicana-loving gringo! :banana:

Took the trolley for the first time in months today. I forgot how painfully slow it is going down C Street. Does anyone know if this will be fixed by the Trolley Renewal Project?

HurricaneHugo Nov 27, 2010 5:35 AM

I've always thought they should get rid of one of the stops in the middle...

bmfarley Nov 27, 2010 8:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Lipani (Post 5071228)
No worries! I'm a Mexicana-loving gringo! :banana:

Took the trolley for the first time in months today. I forgot how painfully slow it is going down C Street. Does anyone know if this will be fixed by the Trolley Renewal Project?

Nothing too substantive. The renewal project will replace some tracks and reconstruct stations... lifting platforms to allow access for the new low floor light-rail trains that are on there way. It might reduce dwell times when disabled passengers in wheelchairs need access - cars will have ramps deployed from any car versus train operator using a lift-type device at front-right of train.

In my opinion, the Trolley needs to be underground in downtown. This will provide additional capacity - more trains. Right now, C Street can really only have about 12 trains per hour in each direction because of cross streets and pedetrians crossing tracks. Maybe 15 trains per hour. If underground, up to 24 trains could run downtown.

brantw Nov 28, 2010 4:38 AM

Guys, they have erected steel down at the new courthouse building. I will try to get a picture of it.

Lipani Nov 28, 2010 11:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmfarley (Post 5071953)
In my opinion, the Trolley needs to be underground in downtown. This will provide additional capacity - more trains. Right now, C Street can really only have about 12 trains per hour in each direction because of cross streets and pedetrians crossing tracks. Maybe 15 trains per hour. If underground, up to 24 trains could run downtown.

I'm in complete agreeance on this. However, given the NIMBYism in San Diego politics I doubt this would happen by the time all of us are on social security. The trolley system can be notoriously backed up even when there isn't a Red Line service for the events at the convention center, Petco, the Q, etc. My other pet peeve: having two stops across the street from each other at Santa Fe and America Plaza. That's simply stupid.

bmfarley Nov 29, 2010 2:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Lipani (Post 5073136)
I'm in complete agreeance on this. However, given the NIMBYism in San Diego politics I doubt this would happen by the time all of us are on social security. The trolley system can be notoriously backed up even when there isn't a Red Line service for the events at the convention center, Petco, the Q, etc. My other pet peeve: having two stops across the street from each other at Santa Fe and America Plaza. That's simply stupid.

It's not NIMBY's, it's that no one has invested in a vision. There simply is no one even thinking of Light-Rail service improvements in downtown San Diego. No one.

If San Diego looked at something like a subway - even for a a 2-mile segment - as a knee-jerk reaction, folks would probably balk at the cost. If someone set the table, a good argument has been cooking in the kitchen.

eburress Nov 30, 2010 5:09 PM

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Originally Posted by bmfarley (Post 5073285)
It's not NIMBY's, it's that no one has invested in a vision. There simply is no one even thinking of Light-Rail service improvements in downtown San Diego. No one.

If San Diego looked at something like a subway - even for a a 2-mile segment - as a knee-jerk reaction, folks would probably balk at the cost. If someone set the table, a good argument has been cooking in the kitchen.

Yeah, I think the resistance would be more from the vast majority who wouldn't want to pay for the cost of a subway and less from NIMBYs (burying the rail lines would seem to please the NIMBYs, actually). Either way, the people in this town are so frustrating. Nothing about this city is "can do."

Lipani Dec 1, 2010 2:53 AM

The cross-border terminal isn't much, but at least it will make life easier for those traveling to other parts of Mexico and Shanghai/Tokyo.

Quote:

Cross-border airport terminal project advances

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday moved closer to establishing a cross-border terminal that would connect Otay Mesa via pedestrian bridge to Tijuana’s A.L. Rodriguez International Airport.

The council voted unanimously to go forward with a study to rezone the land just north of the U.S./Mexico border to house the terminal, hotels, parking lots and retail.

“This project is going to help us create jobs and improve our transportation infrastructure,” said Council President Ben Hueso.

The plans for the estimated $77.9 million privately built and operated terminal cleared a crucial hurdle in August when it received a presidential permit from the U.S Department of State — something groups on both sides of the border said eliminated the biggest obstacle.

Otay-Tijuana Ventures LLC, the group spearheading the project, expects to begin construction next year with the facility operational by late 2012 or early 2013.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2...inal-advances/

SDfan Dec 1, 2010 4:56 AM

Interesting pdf on regional transportation plans:

Just click the link and download the pdf on the right side titled "North Coast Transportation Improvements"

http://www.keepsandiegomoving.com/I-...I-5-intro.aspx

Fun map on page 16.

SDfan Dec 1, 2010 4:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Lipani (Post 5076178)
The cross-border terminal isn't much, but at least it will make life easier for those traveling to other parts of Mexico and Shanghai/Tokyo.


I think it will be more significant than you think. Hopefully it will integrate us more with TJ.

brantw Dec 3, 2010 1:04 AM

Construction
 
New Courthouse
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/...a335ccc3_b.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/...74d97019_b.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/...ca831a45_b.jpg

Thomas Jefferson School of Law
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5206/...b5670735_b.jpg

Library - 3 New cranes went up this week. Security wouldn't let me get any closer to take pictures.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/...1ecfe85f_b.jpg

Pedestrian Bridge - Almost finished
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4108/...fd12a300_b.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5002/...bc08b84a_b.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5206/...604e9b1a_b.jpg

mongoXZ Dec 3, 2010 1:16 AM

Go Library!

The new school looks slick!

eburress Dec 3, 2010 4:35 PM

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Originally Posted by mongoXZ (Post 5078851)
Go Library!

The new school looks slick!

I agree about the new law school building. That's a much nicer structure than I expected!

brantw Dec 4, 2010 7:04 PM

Port to act on Embarcadero, Lane Field hotel plans
 
After 12 years of talk, the San Diego Unified Port District board is planning to act Tuesday on the $28 million first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan.

At the same meeting, the board will consider a revision to the plans for hotels on Lane Field, located at the edge of the Embarcadero on property that's been vacant for more than 50 years.

http://media.signonsandiego.com/img/...c82dae770b93ac

However, both actions are likely to require review by the California Coastal Commission, officials and activists said.

The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at port headquarters, 3165 Pacific Highway.

The beautification plans for San Diego's "front porch" along the western Embarcadero, initially approved in 1998, involve tripling the width of the waterfront esplanade to 105 feet; adding two kiosks and a restroom; and adding extensive landscaping.

The first phase includes Broadway west of Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive between B Street Pier on the north and Navy Pier on the south.

The project, funded by a redevelopment loan to the port, was rejected by the coastal commission in April and appellants say they may appeal again, depending on the details of a new coastal development permit.

http://media.signonsandiego.com/img/...c82dae770b93ac

The coastal commission already is scheduled to act Dec. 15 on the findings from its April denial. In a report the coastal staff reiterates its view that the port master plan ought to be amended before the Embarcadero permit is issued.

The Lane Field hotels were approved in 2006, but financial problems have delayed construction of an upscale InterContinental Hotel and midlevel Vivara by Woodfin Suites hotel.

The site at the Northeast corner of Broadway and Harbor Drive has been a parking lot ever since the minor league Padres moved to Mission Valley in 1958.

http://media.signonsandiego.com/img/...c82dae770b93ac

The project is back before the port because of an agreement reached in October to carve out a 150-foot-wide, nearly 2-acre park or plaza on the Harbor Drive side of the hotel site, necessitating a redesign and rewriting of the lease agreement.

The port staff is proposing a new feasibility report to determine what kind of hotel should be built before setting the lease terms.

The coastal commission will eventually have to agree to any design changes since it issued the original development permit.

Read the original article at SignOnSanDiego.


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