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City of Oceanside moves forward with projects

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With a number of private projects on hold, the city of Oceanside has its own Stimulus Plan for 2009.

A Request for Proposals, RFP, was distributed in late 2008 for improvements on Mission Avenue. The RFP requested traffic analysis to consider reducing Mission Avenue to two lanes and adding bump outs and landscaping. A selection will be made in April 2009, with construction starting in 2010.

The Waterfront Improvement Project has two RFPs out: the design of five restrooms on the Strand; and a designer to work with the community to recast the amphitheater area into a state-of-the-art performance venue; plus a bid out for pier bracing. Also coming is the expansion of a downtown surface parking lot on city-owned property on the west side of the railroad tracks, which will create 242 parking spaces and room for the extension of the Coastal rail trail. This project is in the design phase with entitlements expected to be complete by summer 2009.

The city has hired PDC to design a major drainage project in the downtown area, with bids to be let in June and construction expected to begin in the fall. The city also anticipates rewriting an RFP for the construction of a subterranean parking garage on city-owned property downtown, with other uses vertically, potentially office to create a larger daytime population downtown.

The city is nearing the wrap-up of the Development and Disposition Agreement and Lease with S.D. Malkin for a two-block hotel project downtown. CJ Kim is completing a 110-room Holiday Inn Express on Carmello above the harbor, with an opening expected in summer 2009. City Mark's five-block village is among many entitled projects downtown carefully watching for signs of nationwide economic recovery.

The Oceanside Marketplace and Business Center, a 28,000-square-foot retail and office project east of College and Oceanside Boulevard is now complete. Loma Alta Village, a project by Tony Badeaux, located at Crouch and Oceanside Boulevard, is 37,000 square feet of office in three buildings with North County Health Services as an anchor tenant. On Rancho del Oro Road, in the Seagate Corporate Center, the 83,000-square-foot Veterans Affairs Clinic is under construction.

The El Corazon is a 445-acre site owned by the city and in the final stages of an Environmental Impact Report. The EIR, specific plan and entitlements will go before the Planning Commission in April and the City Council in June. A Request for Qualifications will then go out for the development of this large active and passive park, a hotel site and a 60-acre retail site. El Corazon is bounded by Oceanside Boulevard on the south, El Camino Real on the west, Mesa Drive on the north and Rancho del Oro Road on the east.

For more information about any of these projects, contact the City of Oceanside Economic and Community Development Department at 760-435-3352.

Submitted by the city of Oceanside

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