We’ve had our eyes on the East Village as two of Downtown’s fastest growing buildings continue to rise. After just a short time, the new headquarters for Sempra Energy has already shot up seven stories.
In June, we told you about plans for the new headquarters, where the energy company will move 700 employees next summer. Work continues on the 16-story building along Eighth Avenue between Island and J.
The developer has restored the previously-removed fourth roll-up door on the left side of the remaining red facade. Those doors will allow access to the underground parking garage. This section, known as the Unicorn Building, will become a new restaurant/retail space.
We love construction cranes, and this project has two. The center tower continues to rise a few floors ahead of the rest.
Meanwhile, Vancouver-based Pinnacle International has made significant progress on first of two 45-story residential towers at 15th and J.
They’re already up to about 31 floors, but have plenty more to go. Located on the far end of the East Village, the project has already made a big impact on the Downtown skyline.
Solid construction walls recently came down to reveal what will eventually become a large public park outside the first tower. We understand that the towers will include commercial space at ground level, so hopefully that means at least one of those big spaces will hold some sort of cafe along the park.
On the northwest corner of the block, Texas-based Stella Public House and Halcyon are also working on a shared restaurant space with a large patio overlooking the new park. Eater San Diego shared in July that the restaurants hope to open by next month, but we’ll believe it when we see it.