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First move-ins to begin at Millenia; more construction underway

Two years ago, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in eastern Chula Vista for Millenia, South County’s newest urban master planned community.

Now the first project is getting ready to have its initial residents move in as construction is nearing completion.

Fairfield Residential’s Pulse will feature 273 luxury apartments; a central plaza with pool, spa, sundeck, cabanas and showers; an outdoor fireplace lounge; fitness center; business center; and other amenities. Leasing has commenced with first move-ins scheduled for September.

Also under construction is Stylus Park, a 1.9-acre public park just south of Pulse. The urban-style park, one of six planned for Millenia, is set to open in 2017 once the landscaping matures.

The multibillion-dollar planned community of Millenia near Otay Ranch will have 3,000 residences, 2 million square feet of office and retail space, six parks and a hotel. An artist’s rendering shows plans for Trammell Crow’s Alexan apartment community, which is scheduled to break ground next spring. Image courtesy of Trammell Crow Residential

Development shifted into high gear at Millenia in 2015, said Todd Galarneau, executive vice president of Meridian Development, which is managing development of the 210-acre master plan for property owner Stratford Land.

Stratford Land, which is based in Dallas, has been a financial partner at Millenia since February 2011 and assumed full ownership earlier this year.

“Grading is complete and major roads and most infrastructures are in place for the first phase of development,” Galarneau said. “Grading for the balance of the community is scheduled to start by this December.”

Meridian Communities, the homebuilding arm of Meridian Development, has started site development on three attached residential condo neighborhoods in Millenia, all designed by Woodley Architectural Group.

Metro will offer 72 two-story townhomes, ranging from 1,300 to 1,500 square feet, with what it calls a stylish functional ambiance.

Trio will feature 66 two-story triplexes with private backyards, ranging from 1,650 to 1,880 square feet. Trio will include casual open-style architecture be located near Millenia’s community pool.

Evo is designed to be a high-end residential project for multigenerational families. Floor plans will range from 1,680 to 1,950 square feet with a single-level penthouse on the third floor, accessed by a private elevator.

“Homeowners at Metro, Trio and Evo will share a beautiful resort-style pool area with an adjacent tiered grass area, gathering spots for outdoor dining and get-togethers, artistic playgrounds and paseos for evening strolls,” said Rey Ross, executive vice president of Meridian Communities.

Millenia is designed to be a city center with a shopping center, hotel, parks, walking and bike trails, promenades, office space and residential complexes. It is on a 210-acre parcel in Otay Ranch at the corner of Birch Avenue and Eastlake Parkway.

Moving forward, Shea Homes San Diego is set to start construction on 176 urban-style townhomes and detached single-family residences in the first quarter of 2016

Chelsea Investment Corp. is also scheduled to start construction on a 210-unit, five-story affordable housing neighborhood that includes 87 rental apartments for families and 123 apartments for seniors in the first quarter of next year.

Sudberry Properties is set to start construction in mid-2016 on an 11-acre gateway retail center directly south of the Otay Ranch Town Center and adjacent to state Route 125.

Meridian Development plans to break ground on the community’s second public park, the 1.5-acre Strata Park in 2015 as well.

Also, Trammel Crow Residential is seeking entitlements from the city of Chula Vista on a 309-unit apartment mixed-use development. According to Alec Schiffer, managing director of the Western Division of Trammel Crow Residential, the plan is to start construction as soon as April 2016.

Ayres Hotel Group, known for European-inspired hotels throughout Southern California, is under contract with Millenia with plans to build a four-story, 135-room hotel. Construction is expected to start by mid-2016.

“We are in talks with Chesnut Properties, a major developer of large-scale business campuses and complex high performance life-science projects, to develop a 26-acre high-tech and business campus, which would profoundly change the character of South County,” Galarneau said. “We anticipate groundbreaking on the first seven acres in the middle of next year.”

By the end of 2016, more than 40 percent of Millenia’s 210-acre community will be under construction or completed.

Millenia will be completed in various phases and the timing of each phase will be determined by the economy and the demand from the residential and commercial markets, Galarneau said.

Millenia’s master plan calls for 3,000 residences, 2 million square feet of Class A office space, 1.5 million square feet of retail, hospitality, civic and mixed-use projects, and six themed urban parks.

Millenia has already received the Circulate San Diego’s Complete Street’s Project Award in 2014 and also has been designated a Smart Growth Urban Center by the San Diego Association of Governments.

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