About 20 miles from downtown San Diego in Otay Mesa, industrial park developer Murphy Development Co. celebrated both a beginning and an end on Friday.
The beginning came in the form of Brown Field Technology Park, a 50-acre corporate industrial and office park that Murphy Development announced it was to commence building. Master-planned for 3.2 million square feet, it will sit next to state Route 905, next to the Britannia Boulevard on-off ramp and house facilities from 50,000 square feet to more than 500,000 square feet.
The location of the future development gave reason for celebration of an end as well, as Murphy took the opportunity to mark the competed construction of SR-905, which took nearly eight years to complete and connects Interstate 5 and Interstate 805 with the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
The crowd in attendance included San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez, Caltrans officials and other civic leaders.
"The completion of state Route 905 is significant for the future of development, growth and commerce on both sides of the international border," Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman said in a release.
The event also honored the memory of Randy Sanchez, the initial SR-905 project manager who was killed in an automobile accident on his way to work.
“Randy worked tirelessly on SR-905,” R. Michael Murphy, Murphy Development Co. president, said. “He understood the highway’s transformative power for the region. His untimely death was a huge loss for his family, friends and co-workers, as well as the whole region.”
A scholarship created for Sanchez’s children has already collected $13,000, said.