Summer is (sort of) here in San Diego – seems like a good time to run through the photo roll and post some updates… Pacific Gate at Broadway and Pacific has completed construction. Here’s a picture of the public art out front from several weeks ago:
From the developer’s press release:
Jaume Plensa’s Pacific Soul – with countless passersby stopping to photograph the installation – located in the public plaza at Pacific Gate, and one of the most important additions to downtown San Diego’s robust art scene. Pacific Soul is a sculpture that stands 25 ft. tall and utilizes characters from eight alphabets, including Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, and Latin in the form of the human figure
(Updated 7/2: added new Pacific Gate and Intercontinental photos)
Nearby, the Intercontinental Hotel opens in September and will feature “Five food and beverage outlets, including Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, which will feature an open kitchen in the lobby. More casual concepts include the 19th floor rooftop bar, a pool bar, and a café.”
Just south of there, Seaport Village‘s welcome obliteration is now scheduled to begin in 2021 (subscription required). In the meantime, it’s still the only harbor-front path segment from the Hilton all they way to Spanish Landing where bike and scooter riding is prohibited:
That won’t be the case with the Seaport’s replacement, which will have an integrated bay-front bike path.
But it’s East Village that’s seeing the most construction activity in the city right now. The Alexan at 300 14th Ave is finished and leasing:
Across 14th, construction continues on the 222-unit, 23-story K1 apartment building:
K1 will include an “adjoining mixed-use, low-rise annex designed by Rob Wellington Quigley” – who also designed the downtown library and his personal residence nearby::
Pinnacle on the Park‘s second tower continues to grow and will top out at 45 stories (one fewer than the first tower) and 472 units:
This rendering from the Welcome to San Diego blog provides another perspective:
The parking lot in the lower right hand corner of that rendering, next to the 12th and Imperial trolley station, may be the location referred to in this week’s news regarding a state cap and trade funding award for a new 400-unit affordable housing project:
A $20 million award will help bankroll a 400-unit housing project operated by Father Joe’s Villages next to the 12th and Imperial transit station in East Village, as well as more than two miles of protected bike lanes on both 6th Avenue and J Street.
Makers Quarter is located in East Village around 15th and F, and will contain a variety of residential, office and commercial properties. Their website states, “Our mission is to cultivate a neighborhood for San Diego’s Entrepreneurs, Artists, and Makers. We aim to preserve the existing Maker Spirit that already thrives here, while consciously developing lifestyle, residential, and business properties, designed to reflect the artistic integrity of the neighborhood.”
While Makers’ first establishments, 10 Barrel Brewing and Punchbowl Social (which opened earlier this month) are big improvements over what was(n’t) there before, I’m not sure they represent the Maker Spirit originally envisioned. Case in point: Opinion: 10 Barrel is NOT local beer). I’m also unclear how luxury condos fit into that vision. But I am a sucker for ping pong, and Punchbowl Social – shown below – has that and much more in the way of games:
The 23,500-square-foot two-tiered complex — built inside a long-abandoned boxing gym at 1485 E St. — combines a made-from-scratch restaurant and three bars with eight bowling lanes, karaoke rooms, vintage arcade games, 8-man foosball, bocce, shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, darts and table games.
The Block D office building at Makers Quarter is set to open this summer:
Elsewhere, Jonathan Segal’s Polk and Park in North Park/University Heights is complete, with restaurant shop BFD moving in from down the street:
Segal’s The Fort project in Mission Hills looks about done, and its height has got to be infuriating the Mission Hills set – despite being located next to an equally tall building:
Fort Oak restaurant, from the Trust restaurant folks, will open in The Fort this fall.
James Coffee has opened in the new Louie building on 4th in Bankers Hill:
Communal Coffee has been open for a few months now in South Park and they’ve crated a really cozy space:
And finally, since it’s summertime, here’s some irrelevant pics of one of my favorite warm-ish weather hangouts, Panama 66: