Uptown District Gets a Facelift

Work began this week on a major redevelopment at Uptown District in Hillcrest—you know, that shopping madhouse where Ralphs and Trader Joe’s are located. Big changes are already underway as the center becomes The HUB | Hillcrest Market.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

Walls are up around what will become a courtyard between two food and beverage tenants. Regency Centers, who purchased the development at the end of 2012, is currently seeking unique restaurant concepts to lure guests into the new courtyard area.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

They’ve already started tearing up the concrete. La Salsa and Pick Up Stix previously occupied the spaces on each side of the courtyard.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

The $3 million renovation will include custom murals by local artists, new wayfinding signs, new landscaping, and art sculptures by Chris Puzio and MakeFab.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

Uptown District opened in 1989, replacing a Sears department store. The mixed-use development was a pretty new idea for the time. Next time you’re in line at Trader Joe’s, look around for historic photos of the site as it was before redevelopment.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

We’re okay with a little mess if it means neighborhood improvement.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

HUB stands for Hillcrest Uptown Block. We can’t decide if that’s clever or just marketing baloney.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

Spoiler alert: that Facebook page doesn’t yet exist.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

Here’s what that new courtyard will look like. It’s not a huge area, but it could turn out really nice.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

RadioShack wants you to know they still exist, but you’ll have to walk around if you want to go in.

Napizza, a popular Little Italy joint, is moving into the 2,010-square-foot space to the right.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

If there’s one thing we love, it’s a public notice of alcoholic beverage sales. No protest here.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

It will be great to see these empty spaces transformed into lively restaurants. We think Hillcrest has lost some of its luster in the last year or two, but this boost in development could make a big difference.

  • Tanya Raz

    This sounds super cool!

    • http://www.sandiegostreets.com San Diego Streets

      Thanks, Tanya — we think so too! We’ll check back for an update soon.

  • gregoryagogo

    Typically every 20-30 years they “update” buildings and give it new facades. Many many examples of this. Got to “modernize”, keep up with “the times”.