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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.

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 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.


Belmont Park recently unveiled a new restaurant, Cannonball, a 6,000-square-foot rooftop Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant serving sushi and small plates.

San Diego has been ranked fifth on a list of the top 50 cities for meetings and events in the country, according to a Cvent (NYSE: CVT) ranking.

L'Auberge Del Mar has announced that Jennifer Chapman has joined its team as national sales manager for the 120-room property in Del Mar Village.


Hotel sales in San Diego County increased by 200 percent, total dollar volume went up 1,895 percent and the county had the state's most expensive hotel sale during the year's first half.


Plans to add roof decks to three buildings in the Belmont Park leasehold were unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission Wednesday, but a mural depicting orcas is likely to be sacrificed in the process.

SD Sport Innovators is accepting applications for Springboard 2.0 – Class 3, through Aug. 26. Springboard 2.0 is a free, four-month mentoring program for innovative sport and active-lifestyle companies. Once accepted, the companies are paired with mentors to assist in fine-tuning business plans and creating compelling investor presentations for commercialization and capital funding.


A 213,000-square-foot portion of the Vista Village Shopping Center has reportedly been sold to a joint venture of New York-based Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII LP and Ohio-based DDR Corp.


Shares of Jack in the Box Inc. fell Friday after the fast-food company reported quarterly revenue that fell short of expectations and lowered its forecast for a key sales figure.


Jack in the Box Inc. announced Wednesday that Linda Lang will retire as the company’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer on Jan. 1, 2014.


San Diego County is one of the world’s leading craft beer destinations, and recognized for the variety, character and quality of its local brews. So, it’s only fitting that San Diego’s largest craft brewery -- Stone Brewing Co. -- will soon be featuring new locations at San Diego International Airport.

Luna Grill, a San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, has secured a new store development funding facility from Commerce National Bank of Newport Beach, Calif.


Back in August 2010, the level of construction activity at San Diego International Airport’s Green Build project was highlighted by foundational pile driving tests, and preparing for the demolition of the second pedestrian bridge standing in the path of a new dual-level road in front of Terminal 2. The Terminal 2 expansion, which is what the piles being tested were needed for, hadn’t even begun yet. Fast-forward three years later. The light at the end of the terminal has been reached.

The $907 million expansion of San Diego International Airport dubbed “The Green Build” has far exceeded expectations in getting done on time and under budget, and in funneling work to local businesses.

The plan for shifting passenger access and processing to the north side of the airport is taking shape as the completed Green Build developments to the south look to take advantage of them in the future.

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