Monthly Archives: January 2016

Pendry Hotel Takes Form in the Gaslamp

On a stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter this week, we checked on the latest progress at the new Pendry Hotel currently under construction at Fifth and J.

Developed by the Robert Green Company, the 12-story, 317-room hotel will be managed by Montage Hotels & Resorts. Montage currently operates five luxury hotels in destinations like Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach. This will be the first of the company’s new Pendry brand, which promises first-class amenities and unique nightlife under one roof.

Pendry Hotel San Diego

When construction began more than a year ago on the property, it was expected to be completed by August 2016. At this rate, we think it’ll take a little longer than that. Nonetheless, it’s great to see a high-end project rising on what mostly used to be a surface parking lot.

Pendry Hotel San Diego

A rooftop pool deck along Fifth Avenue will offer views of the vibrant Gaslamp below. Plans also include two “uniquely-designed” restaurants, a beer hall featuring local brews, and an underground nightclub. Yeah, you’ve got our attention.

Pendry Hotel San Diego

In addition to the surrounding Gaslamp Quarter, area beaches, and Petco Park, we find it interesting that the hotel’s website features North Park as a nearby destination:

“Minutes from the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park is a trendy pocket blending vintage San Diego character, urban grit, and eclectic charm. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon perusing independently owned boutiques and enjoying artisanal eats and cocktails.”

That blurb may have been about Hillcrest if this were a few years ago (it’s closer, after all), but times have changed.

On a related note, developer Robert Green announced a proposal on Friday for a much larger, 831-room hotel on the bay-side of the San Diego Convention Center. The San Diego Union-Tribune has more details on that 45-story, $270 million project.

Bankers Hill Building Boom Continues

With several projects underway and more planned over the next few years, Bankers Hill has become a hotspot for new residential construction. Returning once again from a long hiatus, we checked up on a few new buildings in the neighborhood.

Vue on 5th

Construction began more than a year ago on Vue on 5th, the seven-story condo building going up at Fifth and Nutmeg. We’re only just now realizing how massive it is, as work finally nears completion.

Vue on 5th

We’re still not sold on the bland design, but we’ll see how the exterior finishes turn out. Three commercial spaces are planned for the ground level, but we haven’t heard any word on early tenants.

41 West

Across the street at the former Mandarin House restaurant site, plans are moving forward for 41 West. Formerly known as The Regent on 5th, The 10-story building will feature 41 two-bedroom condos. A teaser sign around the property asks, “Will you be one of 41?”

41 West

Plans call for a modern design consisting of glass, painted concrete, and metal. After initial feedback from Uptown Planners, the project was revised to move its 75 parking spaces underground. It previously also included no retail space, but will now include a small, 1,400-foot commercial space on the corner.

The Park Bankers Hill

A few blocks north, a crane is now up for what will become The Park at Bankers Hill. This is the site of the old Sixth Avenue Medical Center, which was demolished over the summer to make way for the ultra-luxury condo building. The project includes a 13-story tower, along with a set of townhomes along Sixth Avenue.

The folks behind this one have made it clear that this building won’t be for just anyone. Units will start at $1.5 million. You can check out all the floorplans on their website, but what’s even more interesting is the timelapse footage of the construction.

Fourth Avenue Lofts

Finally, construction continues on the 49-unit Fourth Avenue Lofts building at Fourth and Palm. The project is the latest from Lloyd Russel, the developer responsible for other area projects like Centre Street Lofts in Hillcrest and Essex Lofts in Little Italy. Four commercial spaces are planned for the ground level.