Monthly Archives: December 2014

Bosa Breaks Ground at Pacific and Broadway

The big news in Downtown development from the past few weeks was the start of construction at Pacific Highway and Broadway in the Columbia District. That’s where Vancouver-based Bosa Development just broke ground on its latest condo tower, which will be the developer’s most expensive yet.

Pacific and Broadway - Bosa

Of course, Bosa is no stranger to big buildings in Downtown San Diego. The developer is responsible for several large residential towers, including Bayside, The Grande, and Park Place—seen above, in front of the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Pacific and Broadway - Bosa

At Pacific and Broadway, Bosa has begun what will likely become its most prestigious project yet. The 41-story, 450-foot-tall condo building is expected to have an average price tag of $1.75 million per unit, according to a recent report by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Plans for the 232-unit building include 16,000 square feet of retail space at ground level.

The building doesn’t yet have a name, as Bosa plans to hold a contest to determine what it will be called. With its spiral glass and angled roof, this should be a unique addition to the skyline. San Diego UrbDeZine has additional renderings from a 2012 report.

Pacific and Broadway - Bosa

This isn’t the first we’ve heard about Bosa’s plans for this block, also known as Santa Fe Depot Parcel 9. The project was approved more than two years ago, but Bosa decided to postpone construction until the housing market recovered. Now’s the time.

Pacific and Broadway - Bosa

Electra—another flagship project by Bosa—stands immediately east of the site. Completed in 2008, the 43-story Electra tower is the tallest residential building in San Diego.

Pacific and Broadway - Bosa

While the price tag for a unit at Pacific and Broadway is well beyond what we’ll able to afford when it opens, we’re looking forward to watching it reshape the waterfront skyline.

Half Door Brewing Company to Open January 9

East Village residents will soon have another option among a growing number of new restaurants and bars. At Ninth and Island, the long-awaited Half Door Brewing Company is set to open on Friday, January 9.

Half Door Brewing Company

The project comes from the Drayne family, who also operate The Field in the Gaslamp Quarter. San Diego Reader has more on the story of its sibling operators Dan and Stacy Drayne, as well as details on the upcoming beer offerings.

Half Door Brewing Company

The restaurant and brewery will each be two stories, with plenty of outdoor seating. Since our last update in August, you can hardly tell that the right half of the building was only recently added. We can’t wait to see the interior of the old white house, built in 1906.

Half Door Brewing Company

Curious about the food? Check out the sample menu on Half Door’s website, featuring specialties like the Brewer’s Pie—Coleman’s stout braised short rib, puff pastry—or the Amber Ale Braised Pork Belly, served with mashed potatoes, lacinato black kale, oyster mushrooms, and pork belly jus.

Topping Off 15th and Island

The first of two residential towers at 15th and Island was recently topped off in the East Village. At 479 feet tall, it will become San Diego’s tallest residential tower and fourth tallest overall building.

Pinnacle at 15th and Island

It’s hard to miss the 45-story tower while traveling around Downtown. Between both towers, the development is expected to contain 956 residential units, including 72 affordable units.

Pinnacle at 15th and Island

Construction on Tower 2 should begin in 2015.

Pinnacle at 15th and Island

The entire development was previously approved to include 17,127 square feet of commercial space, including 4,157 square feet in this first phase currently under construction.

However, developer Pinnacle International recently applied for alternative interim uses for the commercial space in Tower 1, claiming that commercial leases would not be economically viable for some years.

Pinnacle at 15th and Island

Those alternative uses probably include leasing the parcels as office space for the first few years, until development ramps up in this part of the East Village.

Plans for additional commercial space in Tower 2 will remain in place for now, as the developer believes the neighborhood will be ready by the time it opens.

Pinnacle at 15th and Island

The developer cited a retail market study conducted earlier in 2014, which found that recent retail leases in the East Village included significant discounts and incentives from landlords. For example, LA-based Cafe Primo is said to have received 22 months of free rent for its 5,469-square-foot space at 13th and Market, plus a $820,000 subsidy from the landlord to build out the space.

Halcyon and Stella Public House

Stella Public House and Halcyon, which recently opened to favorable reviews on the northwest corner of the development, was cited as a similar example. Here, the landlord provided an $80,000 subsidy to build out the space, as well as a year of free rent. That’s intended to allow the dual restaurants to gain a following and anchor the upcoming park on the same block.

Halcyon and Stella Public House

San Diego Magazine offered a great first look at the beautiful interior last month. Once the park is complete, that patio might just be the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail.

14th & Island Park

Landscape architecture firm Spurlock Poirier has several renderings of the unnamed 14th and Island park on its website.

14th & Island Park

While digging around the firm’s website, we learned that the park is actually being built on a fault line that runs through the block. The land is pretty much unbuildable for anything else, which is good news for the neighborhood. The green space will be a wonderful addition to the East Village.

Pinnacle at 15th and Island

In the coming months, we’ll be watching as the finishing touches are made on one of San Diego’s biggest new buildings.

Updates on Three New Uptown Buildings

Good news—we’re back from our unplanned hiatus. We have a lot to cover, so let’s get to it.

If you’ve passed through Bankers Hill in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed the new tower crane hovering over the site of Vue on 5th. Developer ColRich is moving quickly on the seven-story residential building, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

Vue on 5th

From Sixth Avenue along Balboa Park, you can’t miss the massive crane.

Vue on 5th

As we told you in our first update in May, the luxury condos will range in size from 1,300 to 3,200 square feet and have an estimated price tag of $600,000 to $1 million. If you can afford it, you’ll be just steps away from Balboa Park and a few of our favorite restaurants.

In addition to the 43 residential units, plans include three commercial spaces at ground level.

Vue on 5th

ColRich is the same developer behind Waterpoint, the nearly-finished condo complex next to Point Loma Seafoods, as well as 10 West at Bird Rock in La Jolla.

Broadstone Balboa Park

Just a few blocks north at 5th and Thorn, exterior work on Broadstone Balboa Park appears to be wrapping up.

Broadstone Balboa Park

On the Fifth Avenue side facing Balboa Park, you can start to see the finishing touches on the upper floors.

Broadstone Balboa Park

The northwest corner at Fourth and Thorn is even further along. We failed to get a picture, but they’re saving some historic bungalows on the site.

Broadstone Balboa Park

We haven’t yet seen any floorplans or rates, but maybe they’ll show up soon on the Broadstone website.

Jonathan Segal - Park and Robinson

At Park and Robinson in Hillcrest, there’s been a lot of buzz about the upcoming mixed-use project by Jonathan Segal.

Jonathan Segal - Park and Robinson

Since our update in July, we’ve learned that the 7-story building will include 29 apartments, seven office suites, and two commercial spaces at ground level.

In case you missed it, a photo of the building model appeared on Segal’s Facebook page a while back.

Jonathan Segal - Park and Robinson

The site of the old Egyptian Garage was cleared out over the summer to make way for the project, dubbed Mr. Robinson. We don’t know if that’s the official name, but that’s what they’re calling it for now. This project will likely have a big impact on this side of Hillcrest, not unlike the addition of Jonathan Segal’s North Parker at 30th and Upas.

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