E Street Becomes More Accessible for Walkers and Cyclists

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If you have ever walked E Street in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village in downtown San Diego and wished it was more pedestrian friendly, your wish may be coming true thanks to a number of actors responsible for the Masterplan. The plan provides a framework for improvement recommendations on amenities, materials, landscape, and recommendations and can be used to facilitate construction on a block by block basis as funding and development opportunities arise. 

The Greenway is located between Horton Plaza and Interstate 5 and stretches from 4th Avenue to 16th Street, just a short distance from available condos in downtown San Diego. It intersects with the 8th Avenue Greenway, the 14th Street Greenway, and the tracks along 6th Avenue and Park Boulevard, providing a balance for travel space amongst walkers, bikers, and drivers. 

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The project is expected to help downtown San Diego reach their long-term climate goals. With more room for pedestrians to enjoy the outside world, city planners hope residents and tourists alike will ditch their motorized vehicle in exchange for biking or travelling by foot. Each block will be packed with dining options and outdoor gathering space. 

While each block will be connected by the plant palette, they will differ in style to reflect the history of each block and neighborhood. Residents and tourists will be able to enjoy a variety of different art attractions as well as areas to play outside that will reflect the diversity in the downtown area. 

After over a year of social distancing, lockdowns, and wearing masks, getting outside to enjoy some fresh air will be good for everyone. San Diego planners recognize the benefits of Greenways and are interested in creating more in the future. Developers and planners are interested in the general public’s ideas and have integrated some of the proposals presented at public workshops. Instead of being stuck in traffic, San Diego is telling their residents to get out of their vehicles and enjoy the beauty each day brings.


Outdoor Chess Tables Now Available at Waterfront Park

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Cool community features continue rolling into the downtown San Diego area with the inauguration of the chess area at Waterfront Park located next to the downtown County Administration Center. The inauguration of the new recreational area was coupled with a tournament and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Board of Supervisors Chairman Nathan Fletcher cut the ribbon with the assistance of young chess players ready to compete in the park.

The tournament included 36 competitors competing in three different age groups. Second place winners in each age group were awarded a $25 gift card while first place winners received a $50 gift card and a trophy. All participants also received their own commemorative chess board sets.  

In walking distance from San Diego downtown condos, anyone interested in playing chess at Waterfront Park is more than welcome to. The tables are located right next to the playground near the corner of Pacific Highway and Ash Street. There is one ADA accessible table. Pieces are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis and can be collected anytime between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day at the south entrance of the County Administration Center. 

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The chess tables are just a small addition to a larger renovation expected to take place at Waterfront Park. The park, which opened back in 2014, will be renovated to include a dog park, exercise equipment, a T-ball area, and pickleball and basketball courts. After nearly two years of lockdowns and the uncertainty of the pandemic, outdoor recreational activity will be good for the downtown San Diego community. 

Park improvements are expected to be made by the spring of next year, according to the county’s parks and recreation department, though no date has been set in stone. While downtown residents wait for the completion of Waterfront Park, they can still enjoy the many features including the interactive splash fountain, intimate garden rooms, and several picnic areas.


Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park Announced Opening Date

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The long-anticipated Comic-Con Museum will finally be opening this November. The announcement came last Thursday, Aug. 26, that construction has begun and should be completed by Nov. 26, 2021. Plans for the museum started as early as 2017, but the project was severely sidetracked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining other museums such as the Veterans Museum and the Natural History Museum, the Comic-Con Museum will be the first to open in nearly the past two decades. 

The museum will include two art galleries, rotating exhibits, and a theater for presentations, coupled with a cafe with outdoor seating and a gift shop packed with exclusive merchandise. Located in Balboa Park, the city’s “crown jewel” as May Todd Gloria calls it, there are plenty of downtown San Diego condos nearby to choose from. 

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The pandemic has done more than stall development of the museum. It forced the organization to cancel their in-person Comic-Con two years in a row. While this was a major hit to the organization’s revenue, San Diego’s tourism industry also suffered. The announcement of its inauguration was welcoming news to all. 

Fundraising efforts for the museum have not gone exactly as planned as only half of the $34 million goal has been reached. Comic-Con spokesman David Glazner recognized that fundraising wasn’t at the levels they had hoped. Fans and large corporations such as AT&T, DC Comics, and U.S. Bank, amongst others, have all contributed to the project’s development. 

While the museum is set to open Nov. 26, visitors during the week of Thanksgiving will only be seeing the first phase of the project. This will include comic book art exhibits, part of the education center, and atrium, and artwork featured in past conventions. The project is expected to be fully completed by July, 2022, with parts of the museum remaining open as work continues. 


San Diego Seeks to Achieve Independence from Imported Water

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San Diego officials formally announced their largest infrastructure project to date that could result in the production of 34 million gallons per day of potable drinking water by 2025, and an additional 53 million gallons by 2035. Dubbed as “Pure Water,” the project will consist of three essential projects that will boost local water independence as the threat of droughts loom in the area due to climate change. 

The three projects will be a $110 million pump station installed on Morena Boulevard, a $123 million pipeline that will go through much of Clairemont to bring sewage to a $356 million sewage purification plant in western Miramar. The pipeline through Clairemont has sparked multiple protests and lawsuits that have slowed Pure Water’s progress. 

Why is Pure Water great news for residents and people currently in the markets for San Diego downtown condos? The project will make San Diego’s economy less dependent on imported water by decreasing the amount of water imported to the city from 85% to 50%. The area will also be less susceptible to the threat of droughts. 

The project will also reduce the amount of sewage the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant emits into the ocean, allowing the plant to meet the standards of the federal Clean Water Act. Expensive upgrades to the plant will no longer be necessary, as the sewage will be purified at the Miramar Plant, stored in Lake Miramar reservoir, and piped as potable water to homes and businesses in the area. 

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Currently, the city only recycles about 8% of its sewage, and that water can only be used for irrigation, not for drinking. The project will receive funding from both the state and federal government. The state is slated to allocate $50 million while $120 million in federal funds was announced Friday, Aug. 20. City officials hope that the city’s largest infrastructure project to date will deliver a “reliable source of clean water to [the] region for decades to come.” 


Ireland-Based Biotech Firm Relocates to Downtown San Diego

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Little Italy in Downtown San Diego has been selected as the location for the first biotech firm relocating to the area. Dublin, Ireland-based medical firm Mainstay Medical is relocating their headquarters to 2171 India St. in a project that will consist of office space, retail, and even dining. The firm is planning on utilizing the space for both office functions and light manufacturing. 

Recognized as a landmark deal for downtown San Diego, investors are ecstatic to see the potential of their investments starting to pay off. Many real-estate investors have been banking on the downtown area to become the new home to life sciences. The area is perfect, especially with its proximity to the bay. Mainstay Medical chose the location for its “European and urban feel.”

Many life science students have already begun searching for downtown San Diego condos and other places to live. In fact, investors predict that Mainstay Medical is only the first of many biotech firms that will be attracted to Little Italy and downtown for all it has to offer. Apartment complexes and offices spaces have sprouted around the area with the expectation that the life science sector will take over the area. 

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Development, of course, has been stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria predicted that the population will double in size over the course of the next two decades. While the pandemic may have slowed the process, investors and developers are taking advantage and charging full-speed ahead with their proposed plans. 

Mainstay Medical is a medical device company founded in 2008 that specializes in a neurostimulation system that treats people with disabling chronic lower back pain. They announced that they will be launching their system in the United States by the end of the summer. As their business grows internationally, job seekers in the biotech industry in the US may find their way to downtown San Diego’s Mainstay Medical headquarters. 


The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park Held Successful, Sold-out Inaugural Concert

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The San Diego Symphony debuted the first of 40 outdoor concerts scheduled this season at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park to a sold-out crowd of over 3,500, receiving the first standing ovation at the $85 million new venue before performing a single note. The performance was accompanied by a beautiful fireworks display, described by concertgoers as “anti-climatic” in comparison to the Symphony’s music. 

The Rady Shell first broke ground in September, 2019. Their first performances were scheduled for July, 2020. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed those plans back 13 months, forcing the orchestra to cancel their 2020-21 concert season and perform online. One upside to the pandemic for the symphony, however, was that it gave music director Rafael Payare the time to rehearse at length with each section of the orchestra. Because of this, concertgoers remarked that the music was “perfect.” 

Investors interested in downtown San Diego real estate for sale should be pleased to learn that the Rady Shell is having a positive economic impact on the downtown area. People from all over the country and the world travel to San Diego to see the San Diego Symphony. These tourists provide boosts in business for restaurants, hotels, retail shops, and more. 

A silhouette of Rafael Payare was projected on the stage

COVID-19 precautions are observed at the Rady Shell during performances. All of the string players and percussionists in the orchestra wore masks, as did a number of the guests in attendance. Concertgoers were not socially distanced during the sold-out show. 

The symphony is expected to perform most of their fall season at the Rady Shell, which doubled as a rehearsal space during the course of the pandemic. Concerts will continue to run from Sunday, August 9 to November 14, with a closing by the San Diego Symphony accompanied by conductor Edo de Waart. Tickets are on sale and range from $45-$250 depending on performance. Keep an eye out for key performances from Jason Mraz and Nas. 


Here’s Where to Eat This Weekend in Downtown San Diego

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As the downtown San Diego area begins to bounce back from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, restaurant owners are bringing new tastes to town. Residents and tourists alike can enjoy anything from Italian classics on a rooftop to Mexican seafood in the Gaslamp Quarter. Shopping for real estate for sale in downtown San Diego may work up an appetite. Here are just a few of the options that will have your taste buds begging for more. 

Trattoria Seneca, and Italian experience, will be opening on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Hotel in downtown San Diego. While the establishment will serve as a stand-alone restaurant, they will also feed members of The Reading Club, a members-only social club opening in the fall. Seneca’s menu will include pizza, pasta, fresh mozzarella made table-side, and wood-grilled fish and steak, among other Italian classics. 

Karina’s Cantina, a Mexican seafood eatery, recently opened on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter offering a late-night tequila bar with live DJ entertainment. Their menu ranges from Puerto Nuevo-style lobster to ceviches and tacos. Karina’s has both indoor and outdoor seating options, and also offers takeout for patrons who would prefer to enjoy their meals at home. 

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After enjoying a dinner in the downtown area, you can also now treat yourself to a delightful and healthy Italian dessert from GelatoLove in the East Village. GelatoLove recently took over the gelato counter at the Italian food market, RoVino, The Foodery. They offer gelato made with a fruit-derived low-calorie sugar called allulose, with a variety of 18 different flavors that can be enjoyed as gelato cakes and drinks. 

Keeping up with all the new developments in downtown San Diego can seem overwhelming, especially because it’s a city that’s constantly reinventing itself. The Scene in San Diego is a podcast that offers the latest news regarding the local food and drink scene. Available wherever you listen to podcasts, the Scene keeps listeners up to date with changes made downtown as the country still faces off with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Massive Spending Bill Could Benefit Downtown San Diego

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Investors in San Diego downtown real estate may be pleasantly pleased to find that representatives in Congress are hoping to address some of the major issues being faced in California. Residents from the downtown area understand that traffic is horrendous, and is only made worse by the crumbling infrastructure. Another reason investors may be hesitant to invest in the area is the wildfires experienced during 2020. 

San Diego County could stand to benefit from at least a dozen projects if the House of Representatives pass the INVEST in America Act, a $715 billion spending bill that would fund infrastructure and water improvements, as well as boost funding for childcare, education, and elder services. Multiple versions of the spending package are being considered, including a $1 trillion package being drawn up by a bipartisan group of senators, and a bill that involves $3.5 trillion more to fight climate change, preserve the child tax credit, and expand healthcare. 

Representative Scott Peters of San Diego introduced a bill in March called the POWER ON Act, which would update energy policies, expanding interstate power transmission to allow wind farms in central states to sell energy to states like California. One month later, he submitted the REPAIR Act, which would create a private bank for private investments in public infrastructure. He hopes both of the bills will be included in the infrastructure package. 

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Another area of concern for representatives in California is how hot and dry the state has become over the past decade. Peters expects that the 2020 wildfires were not deviations from the norm, but, instead, the new norm. Representative Juan Vargas, also of San Diego, wants to include fire safety and protection measures in the bill that would modernize utilities, prevent risk of fire, and possibly a new fire station in the backcountry. 

Lastly, representatives from San Diego are fighting to strengthen human infrastructure not only in that state, but across the country. Representative Sara Jacobs hopes that the federal government will invest more in the care economy. This would include $500,000 for an outdoor children’s area and homework center at Linda Vista Branch Library, disabled access improvements at Bolboa Park Starlight Bowl, and a $1 million allocation to help small businesses cover the cost of expanding healthcare. Representatives are clearly interested in investing in downtown San Diego, which may attract more private investors in the future. 


Downtown San Diego Libraries to Fully Reopen by End of September

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With the pandemic starting to be visible in the rearview mirror, there’s good news for students and readers in the downtown San Diego area. Starting mid-September, the city will be working around the clock to open up the last ten libraries that remain closed due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. There are a total of 36 libraries in the area. Currently, 26 of them are open for in-person service, with 14 of them recently opening on July 6. 

Not only do they plan on reopening the libraries that currently remain closed, but they also hope to increase overall branch hours to pre-pandemic levels by next year. Of the 36 libraries, 23 will only be open Monday-Friday for 51 hours a week. The other 13 will operate 56 hours a week, opening for five hours on Sundays. 

Libraries in downtown San Diego will add Sunday hours incrementally in three waves. Four libraries are scheduled to start Sunday hours this fall: Downtown, Logan Heights, Valencia Park, and City Heights. Next winter, Mission Valley, Mira Mesa, Otay Mesa, and Pacific Beach will start opening on Sundays. The last wave will include La Jolla, Kearny Mesa, Point Loma, Carmel Valley, and Rancho Bernardo, which will all start opening on Sundays in the spring of 2022. 

Head Librarian Misty Jones explained that they are moving as quickly as possible, but could possibly move faster if there weren’t so many roadblocks. One of the obstacles libraries are facing is hiring new employees to staff all 36 locations for all operating hours. The city is looking to hire more than 170 workers. Turnover at public libraries downtown has always been an issue, but was further worsened during the pandemic when there were more than 150 vacant jobs. 

With more libraries opening for longer hours and a reborn interest in downtown San Diego real estate, San Diego may soon be the place to be for college students and recent graduates. Anyone looking for part-time work is urged by the city to apply for an open position, which will now include benefits. 


Modera San Diego Has Ideal Location for Future Residents of San Diego

There appears to be an increased interest in downtown San Diego real estate following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Newly purchased and constructed office buildings, restaurants, apartment complexes, and other housing options are all being planned and produced as part of a way to shape San Diego’s lifestyle. New food options are replacing old ones that didn’t survive the government lockdowns. Investors are betting heavily in office building space with the expectation that life science students will migrate to the area.

A new, highly anticipated luxurious apartment complex in San Diego’s downtown area began preleasing earlier this week. Located at 1445 K St. at the corner of 14th and K St, the Modera San Diego will house 368 apartments featuring nine-foot ceilings, smart home features like programmable lighting, and soaking tubs with tile surrounds. Apartments are arranged in studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom floorplans. 

This will be Mill Creek Residential’s first ever downtown San Diego development, and the location could not be anymore ideal. Residents will be within walking distance to San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and Quartyard Events Plaza. Residents who want to go enjoy the San Diego Padres play ball can walk to their home stadium at Petco Park. 

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Two blocks from Modera San Diego is the San Diego Trolley station, putting residents in direct connection to Amtrak regional lines. Residents are also not far from the beach, though they may choose one of the two outdoor courtyards as their place for peace and tranquility. Residents attending San Diego City College are only a four minute commute away. 

Downtown San Diego is a growing area, predicted to double in population over the next two decades by the city’s mayor. Residential investors are familiar with the job opportunities in design and technology fields, and are tailoring their designs to fit prospective residential needs. Modera San Diego is not only near the ballpark and city college, it’s surrounded by attractions that make San Diego great such as the New Children’s Museum, Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, the Fleet Science Center, and the Maritime Museum.