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When it's finished later this year, the Rancho Penasquitos-based Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic church will "be the final leg of the journey" for most of its parishioners who have been members for the past 20 or 30 years, according to the deacon. Building a new church galvanized members, Deacon Robert Holgren said, adding, "I look at it as the completion of a dream that started when the parish hall finished."

Before the end of the year, the term "Wine Country" could take on a grander meaning in the Temecula area, as Riverside County may pass a plan that – based on a more defined set of rules and a new zoning classification incorporating that term – could help shape growth for the popular destination east of Temecula proper.

Since it was built in 1975, traffic along the Interstate 805 corridor has increased 300 percent and today the freeway has daily traffic that averages between 160,000 to 260,000 vehicles.

Active, retired military personnel and their families will have a new state-of-the-art facility for medical services by the end of this year, as construction is nearing completion on the new Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. McCarthy Building Co., Clark Construction and approximately 1,000 contractors are putting the finishing touches on the four-level, 500,000-square-foot facility.

The latest addition to downtown Escondido’s ongoing renaissance has debuted in the form of a three-story townhome development known as Contempo. The first 11 units in the planned 84-home project were completed in July. The rest of it will open in phases, with the final homes expected to be finished in January 2015, said Rola Nicasio of Newport Beach-based builder William Lyon Homes.

San Diego’s first desalination plant, now under construction in Carlsbad, will employ the latest technology, offset the region’s dependency on imported water and create jobs. But the cost of that water will not come cheap -- lawsuits filed by environmental groups during the plant’s permitting phase called into question its energy use and effect on marine life. The $922 million Carlsbad Desalination Project is the result of a public-private partnership between Poseidon Water and the San Diego County Water Authority. According to Poseidon, it will be the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere and will generate 50 million gallons of drinking water a day, providing water for up to 112,000 families of four, or 300,000 people.

The region’s explosive growth in microbreweries is tipping toward North County. Before the summer ends, Barrel Harbor Brewing Co. and Booze Brothers Brewing Co. will become the ninth and 10th craft brewers in Vista, which calls itself the craft brew capital of North County and has among the most breweries per capita in the United States.

San Diego County’s northernmost coastal city has seven hotels in development and one under construction. Three of the projects are critical to the city’s efforts to create a vibrant downtown area, and all are key elements needed to support the city’s growing tourism industry.

With Phase 1 of the San Marcos High School rebuilding project complete, teachers, students and staff have moved back into part of their newly restored campus. The 52-year-old San Marcos High campus is being modernized with state-of-the-art facilities and improved amenities. It is being entirely rebuilt on the same 44-acre property.

When it comes to downtown San Marcos, city officials would be among the first to invoke the words of Gertrude Stein and say, “There is no there there.”

Since the completion of construction on the Temecula Valley Hospital on July 19, staff has begun to move into the facility and stock the building. Two years after construction began, the hospital was completed early and under budget.

After four years of construction, the expansion to Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport is complete and is now fully open to travelers.

Gillespie Field is preparing to spread its wings. “Gillespie Field is our asset, as the ocean is for some people,” said Jo Marie Diamond, president and CEO of the East County Economic Development Council. The East County EDC’s vision for an “Aerotropolis” would create an economic hub in El Cajon centered around the airport. The council is working on a strategic road map, which could include manufacturing, hospitality, tourism and retail, offices, research and development, Diamond said.

It didn’t take long following the June 7 announcement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s permanent closure for plans to be revived on a recently denied power plant proposal. In March, the California Public Utilities Commission denied the application by San Diego Gas & Electric to enter into a power purchase agreement with Pio Pico Energy Center LLC, a proposed project of Apex Power Group LLC, citing that the plant was scheduled to come online years earlier than when the region would need its roughly 300 megawatts of power. But the needs assessment CPUC based that decision on was performed prior to San Onofre’s shuttering.

From a major expansion to a senior care facility, several hundred new apartment homes and a college that’s relocating to the area, the city of Santee is hopping with a variety of new construction and improvement projects.

A new 74,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center at Grossmont Hospital is rising in La Mesa, allowing for needed expansion of the hospital’s surgery department and patient services.

As one of the main arteries running through heavily populated urban San Diego, the Interstate 805 corridor sees an average daily traffic of 160,000 to 260,000 vehicles, with congestion lasting from two to four hours.

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy U.S. homes in July, but the level stayed close to a 6 ½-year high. The modest decline suggests higher mortgage rates have yet to sharply slow sales.

Ariel Suites, a new apartment high-rise in Little Italy, is on track for completion in December. The 22-story, 224-unit building at 735 W. Beech St. is 80 percent complete, according to Curtis Chism, project manager at Swinerton Builders.

When the San Diego Brew Project opened in Little Italy in February, its goal was to be the go-to showcase for locally made beers, with 28 craft beers on tap, all made within San Diego County. But with the explosive growth among local brewers recently, it would take a lot more taps to get a taste of all the beers being produced.

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