San Diego – the San Diego Union Tribune property in Mission Valley will be torn down and rebuilt as a larger mixed use project consisting of a 22 story residential high rise and a 10 story office building, according to an article by Roger Showley. The project will feature approximately 200 hundred residences and 235,000 square feet of offices and 6,500 square feet of retail. It is estimated to cost $200 million to build. The project will also include a parking garage topped with a swimming pool, gym, and tennis courts, and a trail for biking, walking, and running along the San Diego River. Douglas F. Manchester, the well known local hotel developer who recently acquired the Union Tribune, and is now its publisher, is the developer of the project. The newspaper will be headquartered in the new office building.
The Mission Valley Planning Group and the City’s Development Services Department have received plans and drawings within the last three weeks but no public review meetings have yet been announced. AVRP Studios (701 16th Street, San Diego) are the project architects. Manchester and AVRP are touting the smart growth benefits of the project. Mission Valley has changed dramatically from its pastoral character of little more than a few decades ago, and now is a major transportation corridor (I-8 and Trolley line), with high density residential and commercial development. Despite the density, Mission Valley’s orientation is still overwhelmingly auto oriented and development tends to be isolated and cut off by major traffic routes, set backs, spacing, and lack of infill development. Manchester believes that the project will move Mission Valley closer to being a pedestrian oriented community, with nearby dining, shopping and transit.
For more details and a project rendering see the U-T’s article (May 4th, 2012).
Photo taken by Bill Adams