Clearing the Way for Blue Sky

One of Downtown San Diego’s largest apartment complexes is getting closer to becoming a reality. The $300 million Blue Sky project will add over 900 rental units to the vacant block between Symphony Towers and Vantage Pointe at the base of Cortez Hill. Two towers will be built in two phases, with the first taking up the eastern half of the block along Eighth Avenue.

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That plot of dirt at Ninth and B is where the old Brake Depot stood for years. In what seemed like an overnight project, it was demolished in March to make way for the new complex. These won’t be luxury units, as the developer hopes to attract young singles with mostly studios and single-bedroom floorplans.

Blue Sky

Here’s a peek at how the two towers might look—22-story Phase 1 on the left and 21-story Phase 2 on the right. The overall design doesn’t do much for us, but there are a few aspects we do find appealing, like the “eco roofs” at the top of each tower. Each of those rooftop retreats will feature a pool, dog run, and landscaped seating areas for residents.

Blue Sky

We also like this part—a pocket park at Eighth and B, complete with a small cafe, public seating, and a water feature. Look at all those hip urbanites enjoying the space.

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A second pocket park will be located on the opposite corner at Ninth and A. These areas will be open for all to enjoy. We’ve also seen great living walls and brick planters in the plans along Eighth Avenue.

Blue Sky

We’re just amused by this rendering because nearly everyone is on a cell phone. This is the eastern tower entrance at Ninth and B.

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This is the current view of that same corner, looking north from B Street. Like it or not, Blue Sky will dramatically change the landscape of the area.

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Here’s how the block will look like once Phase 1 is complete. The second tower will eventually replace that parking lot and section of grass. Phase 2 is likely several years away, if it’s ever even built.

Blue Sky

This project has been delayed many times, but something tells us that the demolition of the Brake Depot building means things could pick up pretty soon.

  • Hami

    I agree that the design is very generic but also like the open spaces in the form of pocket parks. I would also hope that a local cafe will be built there not a Starbucks or the like. It would be really nice to see the large number of parking lots Downtown be converted to parks and open spaces.

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

      That’s for sure! Definitely hoping for a local business as well, rather than a chain. We’ll see.

  • gregoryagogo

    Ahh, I liked that little modern garage on the corner!

  • Alex Fazekas-Paul

    Another generic “same song” box to fill up downtown, ugh!