This special section examines civic and business leadership, development opportunities and revitalization efforts in the South County region of San Diego.

  • South Bay development to sway toward mixed use in future, say developers

    This September, South County's relationship with the rest of the region will be solidified logistically and economically with the opening of a little toll road know as the South Bay Expressway.

  • The Olson Company's South Bay developments promote in-town work force housing

    Community-oriented, sustainable and pedestrian-friendly describe The Olson Company's visionary townhome communities "Legacy Walk" in Southcrest and "Paradise Walk" in National City that offer the convenience of "in-town" living.

  • One if by land, millions (of dollars) if by sea

    The latest trend in traveling isn't by land or air but, surprisingly, by sea. The industry of massive boats has enticed everyone from your next-door neighbor to business magnates like Microsoft's Paul Allen. Even sports stars like Tiger Woods have taken to entertaining the seas in superyachts -- yachts in excess of 100 feet -- whose values rival the GDP of small nations.

  • South Bay Expressway's mitigation program honored by Federal Highway Administration

    South Bay Expressway and Caltrans' Mitigation Program for state Route 125 South was recently named an Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.

  • Class A office condos now available in EastLake

    Entrepreneurs and small businesses will now have an opportunity to purchase Class A office space in one of the nation's fastest growing areas, EastLake, at 2080 Otay Lakes Road, immediately west and visible from the soon-to-open SR 125 freeway.

  • Industry growth brings jobs and baked brie to Otay Mesa

    Jobs and baked brie don't often find themselves in the same sentence, but a new industrial renaissance in South San Diego's Otay Mesa industrial community is bringing the two together.

  • Bartocci Development completes construction of Sweetwater Harley Davidson in National City

    Bartocci Development Inc. has completed the tenant improvement construction of Sweetwater Harley Davidson's new $5.5 million, 52,066-square-foot store at 3201 Hoover Ave. in National City, according to Joe Belmonte, owner of Bartocci Development, a full-service general contractor specializing in commercial tenant improvements and custom homes.

  • Otay Ranch Town Center welcomes new stores and restaurants this summer

    Otay Ranch Town Center celebrates the kick-off to the summer season with several new retailers: Aeropostale, Juice It Up!, Chili's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Ben Bridge Jewelers and Coldwater Creek - The Spa.

  • North Island Credit Union offers South County members value, convenience

    North Island Credit Union will open a third branch in South San Diego County, offering its members added convenience. Rounding out North Island's presence in the South County, the Eastlake branch will serve Island members living and working in the greater Chula Vista area. This is the third new branch North Island has opened in 2007, bringing the total to 17 in San Diego and Riverside counties.

  • Design-build strategy paves way for profitable performance for Helix

    As design-build projects continue to gain momentum in the construction industry, the need for quality electrical contractors will increase. Enter San Diego-based Helix Electric Inc., one of the nation's largest and most successful electrical contractors that specialize in design-build.

  • South County: San Diego's last development frontier

    South County is one of the last areas in San Diego where sizeable parcels of land remain available for housing, business expansion and large-scale economic development.

  • Shea Homes' South County team earns 'BIG' awards recognition

    It was a BIG night for Shea Homes San Diego, recently, when several employees involved with South County neighborhoods received kudos during the Building Industry's Greatest Awards presented by the Building Industry Association of San Diego County. The annual event honors exemplary performers who work on local new-home community jobsites and are charged with a variety of functions in the industry.

  • Big changes, big decisions in Otay Mesa's future

    Just 20 years from now -- in the year 2027 -- will Otay Mesa be a dynamic, binational, research, business and transportation center for the region, or will it be a mixture of multifamily homes and shopping malls next to a major freeway system?

  • Cross-border terminal garners support, but faces challenges

    As time goes on, Tijuana and San Diego, two distinct cities with their own cultures, languages and customs, are becoming more interconnected both economically and politically. And the implementation of a proposed airport terminal -- which would open another border crossing between these two cities -- is expected to fuel an economic alliance.

  • Transportation key to Otay Mesa development

    Transportation is the key to Otay Mesa's future, where development ranges from a new Brown Field to a third border crossing.

  • 5,000th sale at Otay Ranch

    Otay Ranch, the 5,300-acre planned community in eastern Chula Vista that opened in April 1999 after a 10-year planning process, has sold 5,000 homes. Ultimately, the community will feature approximately 10,000 homes in a series of small villages.

  • Chula Vista mayor foresees growth on city's tight budget

    Amid the hope for a four-year university, the promise of a revitalized bayfront and downtown, and the opening of new roadways, Chula Vista still sits under the dark cloud of a constrained budget.

  • Gaylord holds public meetings to show design plans

    Representatives from Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment came to Chula Vista's council chambers Thursday to showcase the design of the impending bayfront resort and convention center, and to tout the benefits of the project to the region.

South County Now


Archived Reports

South County Now - 2008

This special series of reports highlights the progress, future development, business leadership and revitalization efforts taking place in South County.

South County Now - 2006

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.