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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.

In Hillcrest, It’s Out with the Old

We knew it was coming, but didn’t think it would happen so quickly. The big news in Hillcrest last week was the demolition of the old Egyptian Garage site at Park and Robinson. In recent years, this site became a bit of an eyesore after auto shop Advantec took over.

In case you missed it, check out this video of the demolition. Jonathan Segal, the developer behind the new mystery project, has also been sharing photos of the demolition on his blog.

Hillcrest

Two historic columns from the original 1926 Egyptian Garage were the only pieces left standing at the site after major destruction last Tuesday, but have since been hauled away. We’re hoping that’s a sign that they’ll be incorporated into the new development. If you’re interested, The Journal of San Diego History has a great article on the Egyptian Revival architecture in this neighborhood.

Hillcrest

Hope these neighbors didn’t like their privacy, with their back patios suddenly exposed for all to see. Hey, at least they’re probably getting more sunlight through those windows now, right?

Hillcrest

In other demolition news, San Diego Streets reader Francisco Y. tipped us off to a site recently cleared out at Normal and Harvey Milk, across from the Hillcrest DMV office.

Hillcrest

The rather large space was previously the home of the Union of Operating Engineers.

Hillcrest

This old house on the corner is the last remaining structure on the lot. The construction fence surrounds this property as well, but we’re not sure if it’s staying or going. Maybe someone will take that shopping cart back to Trader Joe’s, at least.

Hillcrest

Close by, we’re also not sure what’s going on at Hillcrest Village Square. (Yeah, we didn’t know that deteriorating strip mall had a name, either.) Fencing went up around the buildings last week.

Hillcrest

Signs along University Avenue say the businesses are still open during construction, which makes us wonder if the place is just being re-skinned. It could certainly use some renovating.

Hillcrest

Gossip Grill, owned by Mo’s Universe, moved from its original location in this shopping center to its current location at Vermont and University in 2013. Mo’s Universe also operates Hillcrest Brewing Company here.

Oldest House in Little Italy to Become Wine Room

Back in 2008, when San Diego architect Jonathan Segal unveiled plans to develop a tiny 50-by-200-foot lot at India and Fir, there was a chance that it would force Little Italy’s oldest home to move to Sherman Heights. Luckily, that never happened. The A.W. Pray House, a Gothic Victorian built in 1888, stayed on the block after all.

Final plans for The Q, a 7-story mixed-use development, called for the house to be relocated from its original location on the Kettner Blvd side of the block to its current site on India Street. It underwent a massive restoration and was designated a historical landmark.

M Winehouse

Local entrepreneur Ruth Melero fell in love with the house and opened her first upscale clothing store, Melero Boutique & Gallery, in December 2009. Since then, you might say that the house has remained one of the cutest landmarks in Little Italy.

M Winehouse

Now, the little old house is in for something new once again. Melero plans to relaunch the space as an intimate wine tasting room called M Winehouse. She told Giving Back Magazine that she wants it to be reminiscent of the old cafes she’s seen while traveling around the world, with a classic interior to complement the age of the house.

M Winehouse

Look for M Winehouse to open by the end of the year.

Checking in on the North Parker

At 30th and Upas, the North Parker is the latest mixed-use project by Jonathan Segal, one of our favorite San Diego architects. The second-floor residential units are ready for move-in, while work continues in the first-floor commercial spaces.

North Parker

At the corner, you can’t miss where Consortium Holdings is working on its second Underbelly ramen restaurant. They hope to open by summer.

North Parker

We kind of have a thing for the way CH Projects lets everyone know they’re moving in. What a tease.

North Parker

Modern Times will open its 16-tap tasting room by mid-May. We’re particularly excited about this one. They were working on the inside when we stopped by.

North Parker

A third location for coffee shop Influx is in the works as well. Their Little Italy shop is one of our favorite places to grab a sandwich on yummy focaccia, so we’re pleased that they’re expanding.

North Parker

If you’re interested in living here, you’ll have to fork out $2,300–$2,700/month for one of the 900-to-1200-square-foot lofts. The rates don’t surprise us for these ultra modern floorplans.

Rounding out a solid group of tenants is Tacos Perla, which will serve authentic street tacos. Once all of the North Parker opens by summer, expect this to be another hotspot in booming North Park.

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