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Poway plenty busy with new projects

The city of Poway is experiencing new development along Poway Road as a new 111,000-square-foot Lowe's store is about halfway through construction, just one of the many projects the north inland city has in the works.

The Lowe's at 13750 Poway Road, expected to be completed in November, will be competing with a Home Depot on Tech Center Drive.

The Perry Ford on Poway Road has demolished two of its buildings totaling 9,500 square feet. It plans to replace them with a new 17,500-square-foot building.

Within the past few months, Hyundai acquired a parcel behind its existing business on Poway Road that will be used to store automobiles.

On Community Road, the expansion and conversion of a Walmart into a Supercenter is nearing completion. The addition is adding about 35,000 square feet to what had been an 180,000-square-foot store.

Walmart Supercenters have long been criticized for cannibalizing smaller competitors, but Robert Manis, Poway’s development services director, said he doesn't believe that the Vons on Poway Road within two blocks of the Supercenter will suffer a significant loss of business.

Poway Road, the city's main thoroughfare, is the subject of study to be prepared in the coming months. Manis said mixed-use is likely to be a key component of the corridor.

An on-again, off-again long-range plan is the proposed creation of a town center at Tarascan and Poway roads for a walkable mixed-use project with restaurants and residential blended into the development, Manis said.

While this plan near the Poway Fun Bowl and a community park took a major hit with the loss of redevelopment agencies about two years ago, Manis said it can be resurrected.

The Lowe's at 13750 Poway Road is expected to be completed in November. Courtesy image

In the meantime, stores continue to move in and out of spaces along Poway Road. Within the next two months, a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is slated to go into a space that had been occupied by a Del Taco. This will be just the latest in a series of Poway Road activity that already included the moving of the Michael's crafts store into what had been a Dixieline space and a Smart & Final, complete with groceries, going into the old Michael's space.

Manis said the city's South Poway Business Park is roughly 80 percent complete.

One of the properties within this park is at 12260 Crosthwaite Circle where Green Flash Brewing Co. signed a $1.28 million, 10-year lease for a 12,275-square-foot space earlier this summer.

Manis said about 30 industrial acres along the south side of Scripps Poway Parkway and General Atomics Way could be used to expand General Atomics’ footprint sometime in the future.

General Atomics, incidentally, is completing a 115,000-square-foot private recreation facility on a 20-acre site for its employees at its Poway offices.

A 46,000-square-foot space is being constructed at 13350 Danielson St. for the Poway Weapons & Gear Range, which is expected to open for business before the end of the year.

This will be the third-largest indoor range in the nation, Manis said.

While much of Poway's industrial base is built out, Manis said that a number of other lots along Kirkham Way are still available.

Poway, as a result of the Gov. Jerry Brown’s dissolution of redevelopment agencies in early 2012, needs to dispose of numerous parcels that will still be used for affordable housing. These units will be built without the benefits of tax increment, however.

"We're planning a 41-unit project on two acres along Monte Vista Road off Pomerado Road," said Manis, adding that he expects the city will enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with an as-yet unnamed developer shortly.

Manis added that the city is also in discussions with Habitat for Humanity to develop 30 affordable units on about 2.5 acres along Twin Peaks Road that will be intended for veterans.

The Housing Authority owns the land, Manis said, so the project could be handled with a donation of the land or a ground lease to a developer.

Manis said the project is known as "Habitat for Heroes."

"And we are approving the redesign of a 41-lot subdivision along the east side of Old Coach and Hidden Valley Ranch roads," Manis added.

That project was approved Aug. 19 by the Poway City Council.

The Hidden Valley property, which is owned by the Ed and Barbara Malone family, is part of a 420-acre avocado ranch that also includes a private nine-hole golf course planned to be retained as an amenity for the new residents.

Other proposed work in Poway includes a reconfiguring of Espola Road between Twin Peaks and Willow Ranch roads to accommodate what Manis says is a badly needed walkway along the road's west side.

The project includes burial of utilities lines, Manis added.

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