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Old April 6th, 2015, 09:14 PM   #1261
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I've never heard of that project. How tall will it be?
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Old April 7th, 2015, 11:48 AM   #1262
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I've never heard of that project. How tall will it be?
17 stories. It'll be a dual-branded hotel:


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Old April 13th, 2015, 03:09 AM   #1263
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Love the design.
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Ballpark Village: Downtown's next big thing
Due by 2018 - 713 apartments, shops and San Diego's version of NYC's High Line park

Ballpark Village, in the works for 17 years, got a ceremonial start Friday, as officials gathered for a groundbreaking for a $250 million housing-retail project east of Petco Park.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer called the design by Carrier Johnson + Culture "fantastic" and labor representatives called a community benefits agreement trend-setting.

"Today we're getting it done," said John Kratzer, president of JMI Realty, of downtown's latest big thing.

Turner Construction expects actual work to begin Monday with completion in 2018.

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looks interesting!
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Old May 12th, 2015, 06:50 AM   #1266
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Palomar breaks ground on new library
Four-story building set to open at San Marcos college in 2017

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Rick Caruso plans to preserve most of Carlsbad property as open space

Prominent Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso took another step toward the construction of a large retail and entertainment center in Carlsbad on Tuesday with the announcement that he planned to preserve most of the property as open space.

The move was intended to allay community concerns. Caruso first announced plans for an outdoor shopping center in Carlsbad in 2012. Since then he has met with local residents and officials to formulate a mutually agreeable plan, he said.

"We have learned that Carlsbad wants new access to open space, preservation of its beloved strawberry farming and additional ways to enjoy Carlsbad," Caruso said. The plan, he said, "will accomplish all of these goals, while preserving and protecting the lagoon, coastal habitat and agriculture."

He calls it the Agua Hedionda 85/15 Plan because it would preserve 85% of the land — 176 acres — as open space while developing the remaining 15%.

The open space is to include "significant" acreage dedicated to strawberry farming and other agricultural uses, Caruso said, and will also have miles of new hiking trails and picnic areas. Revenue from the proposed shopping center would pay for maintenance of the open space.

Details about the proposed 26-acre shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation promenade will be announced in coming weeks.

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Old May 14th, 2015, 04:06 AM   #1268
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This seems like an acceptable compromise. Retail will be right off the freeway, minimizing traffic to the area, and the coastal land gets preserved. Win-win.
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Think Tank: Stadium Task Force Makes Strong Case

Think Tank: Stadium Task Force Makes Strong Case

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A mayoral task force’s recently announced plan to finance a new $1.1 billion San Diego Chargers stadium makes a compelling case for the Mission Valley site, but raises questions regarding long-term maintenance costs, according to an analysis by National University System Institute for Policy Research.

Researchers at the locally based think tank said estimates of revenue streams identified by the Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group are “reasonable and consistent with other financing plans put forth in other cities.”

However, more may be needed to operate and maintain the stadium than the task force estimates. The policy institute estimates that the current Qualcomm Stadium operates at an annual deficit of $7.7 million -- $6.4 million in revenues minus $14.1 million in expenses.

Excluding football rents, researchers estimate, the operating deficit would increase to $10.9 million annually over the course of 30 years. The think tank said a joint powers authority recommended by the task force may need to find operating efficiencies, increase net revenue from non-football events, and/or seek additional subsidies from public sources.

Overall, the think tank said the task force’s stadium cost estimates are “reasonable but conservative,” and the financing plan is reasonable in its revenue projections. Researchers said the cost share between public and private sources, if achieved, “would constitute an advantageous arrangement for taxpayers in a mid-level market such as San Diego.”

The policy institute undertook its own analysis of more than 30 case studies related to U.S. municipal and stadium projects over the past several months, which has been released to the public. Some of that data was incorporated in the plan released May 18 by the stadium task force.

The citizen advisory group outlined $1.4 billion in potential funding options to build a new Mission Valley stadium that it estimated would cost $1.1 billion and not involve raising taxes. Potential money sources include the city, the county, the Chargers and the NFL, and proceeds from the sale of land adjacent to the stadium that would be sold to private developers.

City, county and team officials are now mulling the advisory group’s plan as part of upcoming negotiations.


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Zoo penguins get a financial boost

Plans by the San Diego Zoo to create a new penguin habitat and breeding center received a big boost, thanks to a $5 million donation from local philanthropists.

Longtime supporters of the zoo, Dan and Vi McKinney are contributing $5 million toward the animals' new home, Penguin Beach, the zoo announced Friday. Their contribution, along with support from 1,550 additional donors, is going toward the development of Penguin Beach, a planned seashore habitat and breeding center expected to be home to as many as 50 critically endangered African penguins. It is scheduled to open in 2017 in Contrad Prebys Africa Rocks.

Plans call for a 60,000-gallon penguin pool, which will feature gentle waves lapping on the sand. The design will allow for close-up and underwater viewing by visitors. Also planned are 30 burrows that lead to nest boxes in a penguin care center, where parents can nurture their chicks.


As the San Diego Zoo approaches its centennial in 2016, it is planning the largest expansion in the organization's history: Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks. This 8-acre exhibit complex will transform Dog and Cat Canyon, one of the oldest areas of the Zoo, into an engaging adventure through many of Africa's most extraordinary and diverse landscapes. Leopards, zebras, African penguins, several species of lemurs, hamadryas baboons, ground hornbills, and many more animals will live in habitats that resemble their native homeland.
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Balboa Park bypass plan upheld

The $45 million Plaza de Panama plan for Balboa Park sprang back to life Thursday as an appellate court cleared the way to get rid of traffic and cars in the center of the park as advocated by Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs.

his chief consultant, Gordon Kovtun of KCM Group, said the ruling means the city could renew private funding requests and move forward with the plan to build a bypass off the Cabrillo Bridge, a new garage and new park space in lieu of roadways

Jacobs' plan, approved by the City Council after extensive environmental analysis and public debate, would have detoured cars off the Cabrillo Bridge onto what was called "Centennial Bridge," past the Alcazar Garden behind the House of Charm and on toward a new 800-space garage south of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The top of the garage was to be landscaped as 2.2 acres of new parkland and new walkways would have replaced the present traffic pattern from the Plaza de Panama to the Pan-American Plaza at Presidents Way.

"The ruling allows for the project to reclaim 6.3 acres of pedestrian parkland now dominated by cars, eliminate chronic vehicular congestion that plagues the park on a daily basis, increase parking capacity and create a truly magnificent park for both San Diegans and tourists alike," Kovtun said in an email.
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