Del Mar Highlands, Carmel Valley’s biggest shopping center, has enjoyed a relatively unchallenged existence, but the vacant lot across the street is moving closer to development – and will give the Highlands a run for the money!  In yellow are the residential units that will face DM Heights Rd.

From the U-T:

Carmel Valley residents recently received a large, full-color brochure describing the proposed One Paseo town center development at El Camino Real and Del Mar Heights Road inviting additional community feedback for the project that was first proposed two years ago.

The project includes 270,000 square feet of retail space, including a cinema, 557,000 square feet for offices, 600 housing units and a 150-room hotel along with 4,000 parking spaces in a total development of 1.8 million square feet, half of which is proposed to be residential.

“We’re expecting a lot of comments because many people have been in opposition and have voiced their opinions,” said Renee Mezo, project manager with the city of San Diego Development Services.

In response to a request from the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board on April 9, the review period for the project has been extended to May 29. Development Services staff members will respond to comments, after which the project will be reviewed by the city’s Planning Commission. The commission will hold a public hearing slated for this summer and will submit a recommendation to the City Council.

“We’ve taken comments from the community and are incorporating them,” said Robert Little, vice president of commercial development for Kilroy Realty, the project’s developer. The company is based in Los Angeles with an office on Valley Centre Drive in Carmel Valley.

“We are hearing that people want a special mix of shops not just all high-end boutiques; they want daily needs stores like variety food stores along with clothing stores, and a place to gather with outdoor seating and dining,” Little said.

He envisions a high-end center, which he calls a “hybrid retail lifestyle center” with a promenade.

The draft environmental impact report concluded that the project would significantly affect the area, particularly with parking and noise; the brochure stated that traffic issues would be addressed. Plans call for adopting a traffic light synchronization along Del Mar Heights Road between High Bluff Drive east to Carmel Valley Road.

To view the environmental report, go to onepaseo.com or sandiego.gov/redirect/pubnotceqa.html. Residents can email comments to DSDSEA@sandiego.gov with project number 193036 in the subject line or email talk@onepaseo.com or call (858) 408-1934.


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