In this special report we discuss the forces that are driving growth and development in South County, with a focus on progress, future development and revitalization efforts.
John Ball, president of the Mile of Cars and Ball Auto Group, will present an automobile title to Adolfo Gonzales, the chief of police for National City.
McMillin Homes recently debuted its new neighborhood of Indigo within the master-planned community of McMillin Lomas Verdes in Chula Vista to crowds exceeding 1,800 eager homebuyers.
Model homes have recently opened for two neighborhoods in Otay Ranch's newest residential enclave, Montecito Ridge. Set on a ridge overlooking the 280-acre Wolf Canyon, Montecito Ridge's 361 single-family homes are planned to emulate the romantic architecture of Santa Barbara and will surround a scenic pedestrian park. Trails will connect with the community's existing trail and village pathway system.
Five neighborhoods of attached and detached homes top the list of new construction activity at Windingwalk in Chula Vista, where sales continue on another seven neighborhoods already in progress within the master-planned community, according to builders Brookfield Homes and Shea Homes.
Chula Vista is the second-largest city in San Diego County and one of the fastest growing cities in California. It is also the site of an extensive, long-term redevelopment plan that aims to improve housing, jobs, facilities, services and opportunities for the citizens of the city.
A community ripe for redevelopment, Chula Vista is delivering a limited number of new redeveloped projects that will replace uses with few employees in order to attract businesses that could bring hundreds of new jobs to the city and additional revenue sources to the local economy.
Now that the last lot has been sold at the EastLake Business Center and the area continues to be enhanced with EastLake Design District, Village Walk at EastLake and other planned amenities, EastLake is culminating into the master-planned community it was designed to be when it was conceived in the late 1970s.
Since 1985, when Otay Mesa was designated as an industrial area due to the creation of the Otay Port of Entry, the industrial landscape of the area has changed dramatically. In 1998, the small industrial submarket had only 4.5 million square feet of buildings, whereas today it offers close to 12 million.
With new development in South County ranging from San Diego's first toll road, to a bayfront overhaul and high-rise condominiums, these projects exemplify the changes to the area and carry the potential to spur even more growth.
With a substantial amount of new development due to the affordability of land, Otay Mesa, the southernmost part of the rapidly growing region of south San Diego County, is experiencing a thriving industrial market at one of the country's busiest commercial land border crossings.
Homebuyers are taking advantage of their final chance to buy new homes at EastLake as homes in the master-planned community's final neighborhoods -- Cornerstone at The Woods and Atrium by Davidson -- have been released for sale.
The City Council of National City has approved designs for a mixed-use residential project located on Roosevelt Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets in central National City.
Marine Group LLC has begun construction on the former South Bay Boat Yard along the Chula Vista waterfront. After development of the new $6 million facility, the boat yard will become one of the largest capacity yards in the country. The boat yard currently has a lifting capacity of 100 tons (90 feet long and 22 feet wide). When the new equipment is operational later this year, the facility will be able to accommodate loads of up to 665 tons (220 feet long and 54 feet wide). This is only the second lift over 500 tons ever to be made in the United States. The boat yard will remain operational during the entire construction process, with completion scheduled for mid-December.
Once-sleepy National City is about to explode with thousands of new homes and square feet of retail and office redevelopment outside its waterfront redevelopment.
"We stopped doing the unprofitable stuff and went hard after the stuff that is profitable and made business sense," explained Sam Brown, CEO of National City-based Knight & Carver YachtCenter.
This special series of reports highlights the progress, future development, business leadership and revitalization efforts taking place in South County.
This special section examines civic and business leadership, development opportunities and revitalization efforts in the South County region of San Diego.