Category Archives: Downtown

Half Door Brewing Now Open, Juice Saves Moves to New Spot

During our pre-Super Bowl stroll through the East Village over the weekend, we gathered a few updates from around the neighborhood.

Half Door Brewing Company

Half Door Brewing Co. just opened at Ninth and Island, and people already seem to be digging the menu and dog-friendly wrap-around patio. We hear that their selection of in-house brews is still pretty limited, but they’re planning to release new beers soon.

They’re open until 2AM each night, but Happy Hour might be the best time to visit. Available from 4PM to 6PM Monday through Friday, Happy Hour specials include $5 house beers, $6 drafts, and $5 snacks like mac & cheese and ahi tuna tacos. Head over to SanDiegoVille.com for a write-up on the soft opening weekend, complete with the full menu and plenty of photos.

15th and Island

15th and Island continues to dominate the east end of the Downtown skyline. It’s hard to miss the tower rising over the East Village, as work progresses on the first of two residential high-rises.

Southpaw Social Club - Closed

With so many neighborhood openings, it’s a little strange to see the shuttered Southpaw Social Club. We’ve been watching for signs of life since nightlife group Good Time Design closed the bar and grill in October. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for this prime location next to the ballpark.

Juice Saves

Consortium Holdings has been polishing off their latest spot at 631 9th Avenue, just north of Market Street. Juice Saves, which quietly opened last summer on G Street, has now relocated to this larger space. We previously told you about our good experience at the previous location, so we’re looking forward to checking out the new space.

The new joint is a collaboration with North Park’s Coffee & Tea Collective, which is close to opening. Eater San Diego explains that the shared space will also serve as the company headquarters for Consortium Holdings.

Sixth Avenue Suites Hotel Project Proposed for Cortez Hill

Civic San Diego is set to review plans for a new hotel project along Sixth Avenue in the Cortez Hill neighborhood of Downtown. If built, Sixth Avenue Suites would be located on the east side of Sixth Avenue between Beech and Ash.

Sixth Avenue Suites

The proposed 98-room, 9-story hotel would replace an office building at 1441 Sixth Avenue. We couldn’t find any details about the project applicant, San Diego Hope Partners LP.

Sixth Avenue Suites

The hotel would include 2,000 square feet of commercial space, and have a parking agreement with the adjacent garage.

Sixth Avenue Suites

The 7,500-square-foot lot is located immediately south of the Bay View Center office building, which contains a small college-preparatory middle school. Holiday Inn Express is also located on the same block.

Sixth Avenue Suites

Next door, Cocina 35 is moving into the space previously occupied by Indigo Cafe and Catering. An offshoot of La Loteria in Otay Mesa, Cocina 35 will serve old-school Mexican food.

Waterfront Redevelopment Continues with Lane Field North

We’ve spent time checking out the new Waterfront Park and first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, but now our attention has turned to Lane Field North. Work is well underway on a 17-story, dual-branded hotel and a 2-acre public park.

Lane Field North

The long-planned project is located on the northeast section of Harbor Drive and Broadway. The site gets its name from the former Lane Field baseball park, which was the home of the minor league San Diego Padres from 1936 to 1957.

Since the 1960s, the site has been used as a surface parking lot for cruises and waterfront access. After years of delays, the Port of San Diego broke ground on the development last May.

Lane Field North

The two-part hotel will include a 253-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott, as well as a 147-room Residence Inn by Marriott. While those aren’t exactly the most exciting hotel brands, they’ll complement the more upscale 500-room InterContinental hotel planned for the future Lane Field South. The dual hotels will each have separate lobbies, but share an elevator bank.

Lane Field North

Plans for Lane Field North include approximately 27,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space on the first and second levels. Three levels of above-ground parking will accommodate about 400 cars. The Port recently approved an art installation titled “Ripples,” which will decorate those parking levels with blades of aluminum displaying various patterns from different angles.

Lane Field North Hotel and Park

The retail and restaurant spaces will come to life at night, as this rendering suggests.

Lane Field North

The project also includes a public park on the west side along Harbor Drive.

Lane Field North

The first phase of the park looks nearly complete. Notice the “pitcher’s mound” above—a nod to Lane Field’s history.

Lane Field North Hotel and Park

Here’s a view of the completed project, including an eventual build-out of the US Navy site to the north of the current construction, as well as the taller tower on Lane Field South.

Lane Field North

While previous plans depicted those wood loungers as a “seat wall” stretching across the entire site, that doesn’t seem to be the case any longer, with those small plants already in place.

Lane Field North

If all goes as planned, Lane Field North should be completed in 2016. Until then, we’ll be watching this key piece of the Downtown waterfront come together.

Work Resumes on Horton Plaza Park

After many months of inactivity, we’ve been pleased to see that work has finally resumed on the new Horton Plaza Park in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Horton Plaza Park

The $17-million project will create a new urban park at Fourth Avenue and Broadway, featuring an interactive fountain, an amphitheater, and a few food pavilions. Westfield will manage the city-owned plaza, where around 200 events will be held each year.

Horton Plaza Park

Originally scheduled to open last spring, the new park is expected to be completed by late 2015. Work began in November 2012, with the demolition of the old Robinsons-May department store building.

Horton Plaza Park

After watching the land sit vacant for so long, it’s great to see signs of life at what will become Downtown’s newest public space.

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.

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