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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.

Sempra and Pinnacle Growing Up Fast in the East Village

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.

Sempra Headquarters, East Village, San Diego

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.

Sempra Headquarters, East Village, San Diego

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.

Sempra Headquarters, East Village, San Diego

We love construction cranes, and this project has two. The center tower continues to rise a few floors ahead of the rest.

Pinnacle, East Village, San Diego

Meanwhile, Vancouver-based Pinnacle International has made significant progress on first of two 45-story residential towers at 15th and J.

Pinnacle, East Village, San Diego

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.

Pinnacle, East Village, San Diego

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.

Pinnacle, East Village, San Diego

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.

Pinnacle Rises Near East Village Pocket Park

One of the most dramatic additions to the Downtown San Diego skyline is rising above the East Village. Vancouver-based Pinnacle International is building two 45-story residential towers at 15th and J, an underdeveloped part of the neighborhood just a few blocks east of the new Central Library.

East Village

The project includes commercial space at ground level in each of the towers, as well as a large public 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.

East Village

With about 24 stories built so far, they’re just barely getting started on the first tower. Believe it or not, they still have about 21 floors to go. The project is sure to bring a new energy to a part of the East Village that needs some love.

East Village

Nearby, we finally got our first look at the Pocket Park—the new community space wedged between The Mission cafe and a future restaurant (more on that later). The pocket park is an example of placemaking, a movement that aims to transform underutilized spaces into public places that benefit the community.

East Village

Property owner HP Investors collaborated with Downtown San Diego Partnership, the East Village Association, and RAD Labs to convert this former parking lot into a miniature park. With the large park at Pinnacle still a ways out, the pocket park is filling a gap (literally) in the neighborhood.

East Village

A few months ago, the collaborators asked the community what they wanted to happen with the vacant lot. The demand for some sort of garden or park was clear. With that, the lot was transformed into a unique gathering space that seems perfectly quirky for the East Village.

East Village

Local artist Christopher Konecki contributed to the project with this mural. You can catch some of his other work at SILO in Makers Quarter and Waypoint Public.

East Village

The letters you see on those recycled wooden palettes actually make up a giant word search. We didn’t get to see the park in action since it was closed during our visit, but there’s no doubt that it’s a wonderful place for residents to gather outside or let their kids run loose.

East Village

Next door to the pocket park at 122 J Street, a company called Ramla USA recently took over the large building previously occupied by CrossFit East Village. Eater San Diego reported in April that the Japanese-based company operates restaurants all over the world and plans to open a Japanese restaurant here in the near future.

East Village

With all these changes coming to these underdeveloped blocks of the East Village, it’ll be interesting to see how the neighborhood continues to evolve.

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