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Renovation Continues at Former Uptown District

Some very prominent changes are starting to take place at the former Uptown District in Hillcrest, as it becomes The HUB | Hillcrest Market. The 25-year-old shopping center is in the middle of a $3 million renovation that includes new wayfinding signs, new landscaping, and art from local artists.

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San Diego artist Skye Walker painted this beautiful mural at the corner of Vermont and University over the past couple of days. You can’t miss it.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

We really dig the colors. It’s always great to see local artists getting such significant spaces in the community.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

Major work is happening around the future home of Napizza, the second location for the Little Italy pizzeria.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

While it didn’t look like work had started on the inside of the upcoming pizza joint, construction continues on the outdoor patio.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

The focal point of the revamped retail center will be the main courtyard being built here.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

Notice the updated balcony railings. Big improvement compared to our last update.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

Last we heard, they’re still looking for a new tenant to take over the old Pick Up Stix location.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

The planned restaurant space will feature a large outdoor seating area along the courtyard.

The HUB | Hillcrest Market

The plans include more seating and lots of landscaping in the middle of the courtyard. Other spaces have been carved out of the concrete for new planters as well. Work is expected to be completed in the fall.

Uptown District Gets a Facelift

Work began this week on a major redevelopment at Uptown District in Hillcrest—you know, that shopping madhouse where Ralphs and Trader Joe’s are located. Big changes are already underway as the center becomes The HUB | Hillcrest Market.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

Walls are up around what will become a courtyard between two food and beverage tenants. Regency Centers, who purchased the development at the end of 2012, is currently seeking unique restaurant concepts to lure guests into the new courtyard area.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

They’ve already started tearing up the concrete. La Salsa and Pick Up Stix previously occupied the spaces on each side of the courtyard.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

The $3 million renovation will include custom murals by local artists, new wayfinding signs, new landscaping, and art sculptures by Chris Puzio and MakeFab.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

Uptown District opened in 1989, replacing a Sears department store. The mixed-use development was a pretty new idea for the time. Next time you’re in line at Trader Joe’s, look around for historic photos of the site as it was before redevelopment.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

We’re okay with a little mess if it means neighborhood improvement.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

HUB stands for Hillcrest Uptown Block. We can’t decide if that’s clever or just marketing baloney.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

Spoiler alert: that Facebook page doesn’t yet exist.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

Here’s what that new courtyard will look like. It’s not a huge area, but it could turn out really nice.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

RadioShack wants you to know they still exist, but you’ll have to walk around if you want to go in.

Napizza, a popular Little Italy joint, is moving into the 2,010-square-foot space to the right.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

If there’s one thing we love, it’s a public notice of alcoholic beverage sales. No protest here.

The Hub | Hillcrest Market

It will be great to see these empty spaces transformed into lively restaurants. We think Hillcrest has lost some of its luster in the last year or two, but this boost in development could make a big difference.

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