Developers Scale Down One Paseo Project

Posted on November 15, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

Developers of a much-debated $650 million mixed-use project in Carmel Valley have submitted retooled plans to the city of San Diego that shrink the overall size of the project by roughly 30 percent.

The revised plans — submitted Wednesday to the San Diego Planning Division by developer Kilroy Realty — scale back the proposed retail, residential and office space by about 600,000 square feet to a new total of 1.4 million square feet, according to a news release issued by Kilroy.

Steve Scott, senior vice president of Kilroy Realty, said Thursday that the company has also reduced the height of a proposed residential building from 10 stories to six stories, shortened the height of all proposed office buildings and eliminated a planned 150-room hotel.

The project, called One Paseo, has been in the works since 2008. It sits on a 23-acre parcel bordered by Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. Scott said setbacks along both streets have been reduced to allow more landscaping and walkability. Roughly 20 percent of the site is now open space, he said.

Scott said the changes are a result of feedback from community members and city staff, as well as internal review.

“We listened to what (everyone) had to say, and we tried to incorporate as many of the recommendations as we could to maintain a project that would be well received within the community as well as from retailers,” he said.

New plans also include a Trader Joe’s, a Pinstripes Bocce and Bowling, and a movie theater. There will also be public plazas for activities such as farmers markets and art exhibits.

In May, several hundred people attended a Carmel Valley Planning Board meeting to comment on the project’s draft environmental impact report. At the meeting, the board said it wanted the environmental studies to include an alternative that would be a scaled-back version of the proposed project.

Board chair Frisco White said Thursday that the board has yet to go over the revised proposal, but he’s encouraged that the project is heading in the right direction.

“We will find out how well they have addressed (the board and the community’s) issues when we start going through and analyzing the resubmitted project,” White said.

The final EIR, with the proposed revisions, is being completed, and the project is expected to go before the planning board in early 2013. It would then go before the San Diego Planning Commission and City Council in mid-2013. If approved, construction would begin in late 2013.