Construction News Archive

Enter a date to view that day's archives:

Showing 1021-1039 of 1039 stories from the past year.

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.

When Bill Fulton took charge of San Diego’s Planning and Neighborhood Restoration Department last month, he came in with the reputation of being one of the state’s leading experts on “smart growth” -- as an author, academic, consultant and politician. Despite the turmoil that has embroiled City Hall -- with Bob Filner’s sexual harassment scandal, which moved into the spotlight just six days after Fulton took his job -- he has remained calmly outside the fray.

The Broadstone Italy development under construction will be a six-story, 201-unit apartment development at Kettner and Grape streets in the Little Italy area. That project, slated for completion about the end of the year, will feature 9,000 square feet of retail space. Sister company Alliance Residential Builders acts as the general contractor on all of the company’s projects.

The Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside unveiled its $13 million expansion over the Fourth of July, and the reception has been extremely positive. The hotel, owned and operated by Bartell Hotels, has been sold out every day since it reopened, and the project has been nominated for a prestigious Orchid by the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

It’s not the walls of the box that caused controversy on Upas Street in North Park; it was the permitting process and Jack in the Box’s drive-thru that had residents concerned.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: • A restaurant bearing the imprint of Richard Blais, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars.” • An old-fashioned breakfast counter in a building that dates back to 1887. • A piazza inspired by the grand public squares of Europe. The neighborhood near you is San Diego’s Little Italy, which continues to evolve from its quaint, Old World roots into a downtown destination that’s an alternative to the hectic, high-priced Gaslamp Quarter.

In a certain corner of downtown San Diego, the past and the future are separated by only a block. At 15th and E: the building that once housed the Coliseum, domain of prizefighters from Archie Moore to Ken Norton. At 15th and F: Smarts Farm, an urban garden that hints at transformative things to come for a five-block area that stretches from the eastern edge of downtown to the southern edge of San Diego City College. The idea is Makers Quarter, an urban, mixed-use neighborhood that would lie within the 93-acre I.D.E.A. (an acronym for innovation, design, education and the arts) District conceived by developers David Malmuth and Pete Garcia. The catalysts behind Makers Quarter are three firms -- Lankford & Associates Inc. of San Diego, Hensel Phelps and Portman Holdings.

An idea 10 years in the making may be gaining traction: a sweeping redesign of the parkland surrounding one of San Diego’s most popular recreational destinations, Mission Bay. The Mission Gateway Project is the brainchild of Scott Chipman, a Pacific Beach resident who is also a member of the P.B. Planning Group and the P.B. Town Council. In spite of the still-recovering economy and a sticky situation with residents of the De Anza Mobile Home Park whose leases expired in 2003, Chipman is rallying support for his vision of Mission Bay in and out of City Hall.

Finishing touches are being put on the new San Diego Central Library, which is set to debut at the end of September. Since the beginning of July, library staff has been packing and moving all the books from the now-closed Central Library on E Street downtown to the new facility at 330 Park Blvd. in anticipation for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and sneak peek tour Sept. 28. Visitors will be able to use the library and check out books starting Sept. 30.

Visitors to Seaport Village and the San Diego bayfront will have new shopping and dining options by the end of this year, as renovations are under way at the historical police station to turn it into a lifestyle district. Terramar Retail Centers, which operates Seaport Village, is modernizing the former San Diego Police Headquarters. About 70 percent of the retail center, called the Headquarters, is leased out.

The San Diego Unified School District plans to sell additional properties to help close a projected $88 million deficit in its 2013-14 school year budget. The district expects to make about $97 million off the sale of seven surplus properties, of which $61 million will be used to cover the shortfall in a $1.1 billion operational budget, said Jenny Salkeld, the district’s interim chief financial officer.

Many public park projects that were stalled for a year or more have now found funding. Residents of neighborhoods in central and southeast San Diego will be able to visit several new parks, from mini, “pocket” parks to those with trails and a skate plaza, starting in December.

The 27-unit North Parker Lofts is coming to the corner of 30th and Upas streets. Leasing applications should include a “must love ramen” clause; Little Italy's Underbelly is headed to the future residential complex.

A quick look at some of the large ongoing construction projects around the county. Projects are listed by estimated total cost.

Subscribe Today!