As Downtown’s largest urban neighborhood, the East Village has been a hub of redevelopment ever since Petco Park opened a decade ago. Its mix of old warehouses, historic buildings, and trendy restaurants has made it one of the city’s most vibrant districts. Perhaps the biggest project at the moment is the new headquarters of Sempra Energy, on Eighth Avenue between Island and J.
Construction began late last year on the 16-story building, which is scheduled for completion in summer of 2015. That’s when Sempra’s current lease on Ash Street in the Core District will end, and the company will move 700 employees to the new building.
The center part of the tower has begun to rise, and it won’t be long before the rest goes above ground as well.
The project will preserve three historic buildings on the block, including Fire Station 4, the oldest operating fire station in the city. We’re happy about that because they just don’t make buildings like this anymore.
The Pack Loft building at Seventh and Island will also remain. They’re planning to rehabilitate the residential building and add new retail space on the ground floor.
The southwest corner of the project will incorporate the facade of the old Unicorn Building. This section will become some sort of restaurant and/or retail space.
See how there’s one roll-up door on the left and two on the right? There used to be two on the left as well, so the developer plans to add another back to the facade and use them as entries into the underground parking garage.
Just around the corner, Consortium Holdings quietly opened Rare Form last week. This new deli and cocktail concept is right outside the gates of Petco Park in the historic Simon Levi building, next door to the Stone Brewing Tap Room. With several other empty spaces available for lease on this block, this could easily become the best entertainment district in town.
Bumble Bee Seafoods recently moved its corporate headquarters from Kearney Mesa into the Showley Bros. Candy Factory building at Petco Park. Right inside Park at the Park, the building dates back to 1924 and is owned by the Padres. It’s great to see big names moving back into Downtown and taking over these spaces.
Do neighborhood centerpieces get any more iconic than this?
Cranes at the Sempra Energy site loom in the background of Petco Park, where San Diego residents mourned the loss of Tony Gwynn last week.
At Tenth and J, the Urbana apartment building is coming along. The flats here will range from 400 to 1200 square feet and should be available by November.