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San Diego adopted California’s first Sustainable Communities Strategy, recognizing that land use decisions can positively influence public health. As part of San Diego’s effort to move toward sustainable communities, One Paseo, a 23-acre proposed mixed-use Main Street community was incorporated into this strategy.

One Paseo is one of the first few projects in the country to have met prerequisite review under LEED for Neighborhood Development. Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC) is committed to bring a sustainable community space in Carmel Valley, where Kilroy has been for more than 16 years. One Paseo will transform a vacant lot into a walkable Main Street with retail, office and residential, complete with open space, public plazas, and community enhancements beyond the site, making One Paseo the future of real estate environments.

Move Alliance has endorsed One Paseo because it will offer the best mix of uses for a site currently underutilized and will improve mobility options for the community through opportunities to implement a Transportation Demand Management Program, safe pedestrian-friendly walkways, protected cycle tracks -- the first of its kind in San Diego – ride-sharing services, a private shuttle within the community, and accommodations for a future rapid bus stop providing connections to nearby Coaster stations.

In addition to improved mobility options in Carmel Valley, One Paseo, as currently proposed, will include several electric vehicle charging stations, green buildings with cool roofs and paving materials, energy and water efficiency features, and an extensive on-site recycling and composting program. Additionally, KRC anticipates all office buildings at One Paseo as well as KRC’s new developments will pursue LEED Gold certification.

Kilroy Realty Corporation continues to increase their commitment to sustainability each year. In 2013, Commercial Property Executive named KRC one of the 30 Greenest Real Estate Companies of the Year, and through an increased commitment to the Rozalia Project, KRC assisted in the removal of over 36,000 pieces of marine debris from our waterways. Recently, KRC was awarded Energy Star Partner of the Year, the country’s most prestigious sustainability honor.

“It is clear that investing in high-performing and efficient buildings makes good business sense,” said John Kilroy Jr., president and CEO of Kilroy Realty Corporation. “We will continue to be a leader on sustainability in our development portfolio, as our tenants have over and over again rewarded us for developing innovative buildings that minimize their environmental impact.”

One Paseo is currently in the approval process, with more than 5 years of community collaboration. The project has been refined with the same high quality design and is anticipated to begin public hearings this summer. Once the project is approved, Kilroy Realty anticipates beginning construction in early 2015. For more information, please visit onepaseo.com.

Submitted by Kilroy Realty Corporation.

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