– The city’s proposed Uptown Community urban design guidelines are out, and I’ve been asked to share them here since comments are due by 10/10. Great Streets SD points out that many new residential projects are turned away from the street instead of facing it, reducing street-level interaction. If you care about Uptown architecture being people-friendly (not just car-friendly), give your feedback!
– The next Ciclosdias is 11/9 and will be in Hillcrest (woo-hoo!):
Elsewhere in Hillcrest, San Diego Streets has an update on the Robota Jinya restaurant going in to the historical building just east of Bank of America on University. Photos from their LA location look pretty impressive, and it’s been named one of the best Ramen spots in LA by Eater LA. This is a big arrival for Hillcrest, it seems… Jonathan Segal’s project at Park and University was unveiled on twitter
, and I’m curious to see how those 7 stories on the right will be less than the current 65 foot height limit there (UPDATE: The Hillcrest Interim Height Ordinance does not apply to buildings on Park that do not front University – thanks Walt!):
— Jimmy Sullivan (@CITIZENhello) August 29, 2014
Just up Park, several properties have been purchased and are set for HUD/senior/low-income housing:
GLD Housing Inc. has acquired five commercial parcels on Park Boulevard in the Uptown area of San Diego for a total of $6.2 million. The company intends to redevelop the site for HUD housing and to build a fourth Tower on Park for senior and low-income housing. The properties sit on the highest point in Hillcrest, in close proximity to Mission Valley, Banker’s Hill and North Park. The five parcels are 3952, 3958, 3960, 3968 and 3974 Park Blvd. and total 24,900 square feet. Cushman & Wakefield was the broker.
Here’s another tower that will run up against the restrictive height limits of Hillcrest. More importantly, I’ve been told the Uptown Planners Committee has been much more hostile to affordable housing than planners in North Park. Will liberal community activists support a project that supports our progressive ideals, or do they continue to think affordable housing doesn’t belong in their neighborhood? While we’re on that touchy subject, why is the head of the Hillcrest Business Association taking video of buses in an effort to rid them entirely from University Avenue? While I’m a supporter of Jim Frost’s Transform Hillcrest, using it as a method to remove bus riders from University isn’t the inclusive Hillcrest we believe in:
— paul jamason (@sdurban) August 29, 2014
The article also mentions the Atlas Lofts project in South Park, composed of 3 live/work lofts and a single office and retail space each:
A quick side note on upper-end rentals: the laws of supply and demand are evident in Washington, D.C., where new residential construction has created a renters market for millennials. Imagine that in Uptown!
– I’ve been riding my bike to work for one of the two days I’m in Kearny Mesa, and I often go up Bachman instead of Texas because the latter is so unpleasant (fumes, incline, etc). Tyler provides an update on the crumbling pavement at the bottom of this hill that’s hazardous to bicyclists:
The really bad ‘lower portion’ is an easement owned by the directly easterly Bartell Hotels (Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle) http://www.dayshotelhc.com/ … Technically they own it but UCSD Real Estate helps the hotel group get the paving happening.
The word I just got is that they have had multiple meetings about getting the paving fixed, a quote and contractor have been selected, now it is just up to the heads of the department to approve / work out who is going to pay for it between the two groups.
“Its up in the queue to happen in the next 90 days” … we will see!
p.s. google street view just got updated this week with an April 2014 street layer to see the current condition!
– In North Park, the You Got Mail folks
(where Dark Horse Coffee will be opening a location) have purchased the lot that contains the Crazee Burger building and the auto dealer for their next mixed-use project… We had dinner at Queenstown Pubic House in Little Italy the other night and the manager there confirmed they’re opening in the current Eddie’s spot on 30th that closed this week. He said the space will be designed by Michael Soriano (who did the Little Italy spot), and they’re planning a name/concept unique to North Park.
– The new Plumeria spot at Adams and Idaho will be named Chi Kitchen, while Plumeria will expand into the ill-fated American Voodoo space next door. Just down Park, Bike SD had a recent board meeting at 3rd Space, a cool common workspace and gallery spot
– Downtown Bottega Americano has opened and was packed when we drove by Friday night. San Diego Magazine explains it’s a scaled-down version of New York City’s Eataly food-hall concept:
A multi-faceted food environment where someone can come for their morning espresso, then lunch, pop in for afternoon grocery shopping, return for dinner and a nightcap at the bar.
– Transit-oriented development has found a new funding source in state cap-and-trade credits. One of the beneficiaries is the new Comm 22 residential project near the Commercial Station on the Orange Line in Barrio Logan, an area that holds a lot of potential given its proximity to downtown:
Here’s the unit breakdown:
130 Affordable Family Rental Units (1, 2, & 3—bedrooms)
70 Affordable Senior Rental Units
35 Market Rate Lofts
17 For-Sale Townhomes
And here’s more information on how state cap and trade funds will be doled out to transit-oriented affordable housing and other climate-friendly infrastructure, with a big chunk going to high-speed rail. I’m proud to live in a state that’s proactive on addressing climate change and pollution, and dispenses with the “you’re taking away our motoring freedom” crap from the libertarian set. For another approach, here’s how Seattle is building equitable TOD… Elsewhere downtown, City College’s new art gallery has opened.
– I missed this excellent summary of upcoming Mission Valley development, another prime location for transit-oriented residential.
– Finally, in Little Italy, we’re excited for the new things coming to the Ariel Suites building on Kettner, including Javier Plascencia’s (Romesco’s, Mision 19) Bracero, which will serve modern Mexican cuisine:
According to Steve Donlon of Ariel Suites, where Bracero will keep company with Pan Bon, an Italian market-meets-eatery, and a natural grocery store, major contraction should start in October. Each floor of the bi-level restaurant will have a bar, kitchen and heated patio; first floor dining will be casual, with no reservations, while the second level will take reservations and offer a more high-end experience. The upper bar plans to be dedicated to craft liquor from Mexico, including mezcal and tequila.