As I am sure you already know…we Downtown San Diego Condo and Loft home owners, business owners and residents has been given the opportunity to be apart of the design concepts for the new public open space at Horton Plaza. The last out of three meetings is to be held in the Gaslamp District where the design team will be giving a presentation. Come on down to Horton Plaza on Tuesday July 26th with start at 6.15pm.
The new space is presented by CCDC, that is working on behalf of the City of San Diegos Redevelopment Agency and Westfield Horton Plaza retail center. The corner of 4th Avenue and Broadway is being transformed into a world-class urban plaza comparable to Union Square in San Francisco or Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. Horton Plaza will be almost the size of an entire city block and will host more than 200 civic events and community celebrations every year.
The former Robinsons-May building will be removed to make room for the new plaza…and this will also provide more public open spaces and creating a lively cultural center for where we can host a variety of community gatherings, civic celebrations, outdoor concerts and performances, movies and farmers markets. The existing historic Horton Plaza, including its iconic fountain, will also be rehabilitated as part of this project.
To read more about this project click on CCDC and to read 92101 Urban Living’s former blog click on Horton Plaza Park Expansion – Approved and Horton Plaza invites you to be apart of design concepts for new public space.
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The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Downtown San Diego Library was held wednesday at 11th Ave and Park Blvd in the East Village/Ballpark District. A lot of people showed up for the ceremony which surprised Mayor Jerry Sanders who held the welcoming speech. The Girl Scout Troop #5912 from San Ysidro sang the National Anthem and speakers included Christine Kehoe, member California State Senate, Kevin Faulconer, Council President Pro Team, City of San Diego and Richard Barrera, President of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees.
The new central library will be situated right next to Park Terrace, Icon and the New Jefferson Law School and will serve as a new public regional center for learning and literacy, offering public access to a collection of more than 1.3 million items. It will also help close the “digital divide” with more than 400 workstations, available laptops, spaces for teaching the use of new technology and free Wi-Fi access.
To read more about the library click on www.sandiegolibrary.org and to read 92101 Urban Living’s former blogs click on New Central Downtown San Diego Library in the East Village District is Seeking for Bids!, San Diego City Council Votes to Include San Diego Unified School District in New Downtown San Diego Library!, San Diegos New Central library on YouTube! and What do you think of downtown San Diegos School-In Library Concept in the East Village?.
Downtown San Diego Condo and Loft sales in the Little Italy District made a huge jump in the second quarter of 2010 with 19 developer sales, 17 REO sales, 20 resale’s and 16 short sales. The East Village/Ballpark District is still leading the way with a total of 117 sales. 62 of them were developer sales mostly from Park Terrace, Smart Corner and The Mark. As mentioned before, we will see a decrease in the developer sales throughout the Downtown San Diego neighborhoods as they are doing a great job selling them faster than ever. This graph is also showing us that the Marina District and the Columbia District has slowed down on resale’s…usually this number is much higher.
To read 92101 Urban Living’s former blog click on Downtown San Diego Condos & Lofts Sold – Cash vs. Financing, 2nd Quarter in 2010.
The Port of San Diego reached out to the public already in 2008 searching for artists to give the Coronado Bridge an environmental friendly lighting concept proposal. The Port considered experts in the fields of art, architecture, lighting and green energy and three teams were selected as finalists.
The Peter Fink team of London, United Kingdom won over the other two teams and presented illuminating both the deck and the pillars below the bridge with power provided by electricity generated from wind turbines. The pillar lights would change color to reflect days of the week, holidays and the changing seasons, as the lighting on top would vary based on traffic conditions along the bridge.
To read the article from the Union Tribune click on Brit teams light touch picked by bridge panel and to get more information on the project please visit the Coronado Bridge Project.
To read 92101 Urban Living’s former blog about the bridge click on The San Diego Coronado Bridge is Celebrating 40 Years of Transportation.
This graph shows us that the total amount of Downtown San Diego Condos and Lofts sold during the 2nd quarter of 2010 ended up being 90 more sales compared to last year. A total of 260 sales were sold during the 2nd quarter of 2009 and this years total sales were 350. 232 of the total sales were financed and 118 of them were bought with cash.
Downtown San Diego city voters will have a chance of having their voices heard in November after the City Council voted Monday night that the new Downtown San Diego City Hall project was to be put on the ballot, where a simple majority can approve construction.
Three years ago, the version of the new proposed Downtown San Diego City Hall was initiated to cost taxpayers $432 million. After eight months of negotiating, Jerry Sanders is planning to announce a deal that will cost far less that the original estimate. The proposed 293.5 million project will be a 19th story building with 576,000 square feet located at C Street and First Avenue on the border of the Gaslamp District and the Little Italy District.
To read more about this project click on www.ccdc.com and to read 92101 Urban Living’s former blog click on Proposed Downtown San Diego City Hall – Will Cost Less.
Home #710 at The Mark is luxury highrise living with just a short stroll away from Petco Park and the vibrant Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and it opens up towards the living room. There is tile flooring throughout except in the bedrooms that has carpet. The good size balcony is facing West and you can access it from the living room/kitchen area. Two parking spaces are included in the rent.
Unfurnished $3000/month. Furnished $3400/month. Security deposit $3400/month. Available Now!
The Mark: one of the newest of the East Village high rise luxury towers. This building was developed by Douglas Wilson, delivered in 2007. Brick town homes frame an urban central park, and rising above, a soaring 32-story glass tower. The Mark in the East Village/Ballpark District is architecturally engaging and sophisticated, with European cabinets, granite counter tops, ceramic entries and top-floor penthouses. Most residences at The Mark feature incredible views across Downtown San Diego, the San Diego Bay and Petco Park. Not surprisingly, you’ll also find floor to ceiling windows to create a vast field of view. The pool amenity area features a lap style pool with contemporary cabanas and community areas. The views to the South, Southwest, West, and Northwest are some of the most valuable in the East Village. This tower will see significant value increases as the infrastructure and development of this East Village neighborhood continue all around.
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· Courtyard with pool, spa, restrooms, outdoor showers and contemporary lounge furniture
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· 3 passenger elevators and one with a dual door freight capacity
· Onsite lobby attendants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
· Onsite property manager 8 hours a day, 5 days a week
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After having the homeless shelter in the East Village/Ballpark District for a couple years in a row now, a new suggestion of converting the World Trade Center Building in the Little Italy District in Downtown San Diego to a homeless shelter is now being discussed at the San Diego City Council. The proposed homeless shelter would only provide temporary and permanent shelter for up to 225 people.
To read more about the project click on the article Homeless center proposal advances from the Union Tribune and to read 92101 Urban Living’s former blog about the homeless shelter click on Winter Shelter in the East Village District in Downtown San Diego 2010 Rejected.
After foreclosure proceeding during June this summer, the W Hotel in the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego is now owned by the lender. The hotel had nearly $85 million in debt when it was put up for sale at a public courthouse auction on June 29th where Bank of America overtook the control of the property. The W Hotel first opened up its doors 7 years ago and has been a popular place for Downtown San Diego Condo and Downtown San Diego Loft home owners, residents and visitors to hang out. Four years ago, the hotel was bought up by Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. , for $96 million and they made the decision that the hotel no longer was worth the $65 million that it owned. To read more about the hotel visit www.thewsandiegohotel.com.
Check out the party that is happening tonight at the “El Dorado Cocktail Lounge” in the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego…jam it up with DJ Jesse James…
If you are looking for great entertainment, play pool with your friends, have an awesome cocktail and listen to the tunes rock your world, stop by tonight at 8pm at 1030 Broadway. To find more info about the event visit www.eldoradobar.com