Renovation Continues at Former Uptown District

Some very prominent changes are starting to take place at the former Uptown District in Hillcrest, as it becomes The HUB | Hillcrest Market. The 25-year-old shopping center is in the middle of a $3 million renovation that includes new wayfinding signs, new landscaping, and art from local artists.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

San Diego artist Skye Walker painted this beautiful mural at the corner of Vermont and University over the past couple of days. You can’t miss it.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

We really dig the colors. It’s always great to see local artists getting such significant spaces in the community.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

Major work is happening around the future home of Napizza, the second location for the Little Italy pizzeria.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

While it didn’t look like work had started on the inside of the upcoming pizza joint, construction continues on the outdoor patio.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

The focal point of the revamped retail center will be the main courtyard being built here.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

Notice the updated balcony railings. Big improvement compared to our last update.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

Last we heard, they’re still looking for a new tenant to take over the old Pick Up Stix location.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

The planned restaurant space will feature a large outdoor seating area along the courtyard.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

The plans include more seating and lots of landscaping in the middle of the courtyard. Other spaces have been carved out of the concrete for new planters as well. Work is expected to be completed in the fall.