A long-awaited hospital will open soon at Camp Pendleton, new developments break ground in Oceanside and Escondido, craft beer makes it mark up north and take a look at what’s happening in Southwest Riverside County.

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San Marcos resort completes phase of $9M renovation

The former Lake San Marcos Hotel has changed its name and management while undergoing a $9 million renovation. Rebranded as the Lakehouse Resort & Hotel, the full-service resort spans over 250 acres with 142 guestrooms and cottages, and an on-property golf course.

Oceanside development paves the way for transformation

Given its proximity to Camp Pendleton, Oceanside will always have a strong military presence -- but city officials, civic leaders and merchants have worked diligently to clean up its reputation as a tough town with a high crime rate. Those efforts, combined with the availability of undeveloped land east of Interstate 5 and choice lots near the beach, are paving the way for a major transformation.

Temecula Valley Hospital completed early, under budget

Since the completion of construction on the Temecula Valley Hospital on July 19, staff has begun to move into the facility and stock the building. Two years after construction began, the hospital was completed early and under budget.

City aims to create new identity with pedestrian-friendly projects

When it comes to downtown San Marcos, city officials would be among the first to invoke the words of Gertrude Stein and say, “There is no there there.”

San Marcos High $180M rebirth ready for business

With Phase 1 of the San Marcos High School rebuilding project complete, teachers, students and staff have moved back into part of their newly restored campus. The 52-year-old San Marcos High campus is being modernized with state-of-the-art facilities and improved amenities. It is being entirely rebuilt on the same 44-acre property.

Oceanside hotel development to play key role in creating vibrant downtown

San Diego County’s northernmost coastal city has seven hotels in development and one under construction. Three of the projects are critical to the city’s efforts to create a vibrant downtown area, and all are key elements needed to support the city’s growing tourism industry.

North County cities tapping into craft beer

The region’s explosive growth in microbreweries is tipping toward North County. Before the summer ends, Barrel Harbor Brewing Co. and Booze Brothers Brewing Co. will become the ninth and 10th craft brewers in Vista, which calls itself the craft brew capital of North County and has among the most breweries per capita in the United States.

Desalination plant moves forward; legal challenges focused on environmental concerns

San Diego’s first desalination plant, now under construction in Carlsbad, will employ the latest technology, offset the region’s dependency on imported water and create jobs. But the cost of that water will not come cheap -- lawsuits filed by environmental groups during the plant’s permitting phase called into question its energy use and effect on marine life. The $922 million Carlsbad Desalination Project is the result of a public-private partnership between Poseidon Water and the San Diego County Water Authority. According to Poseidon, it will be the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere and will generate 50 million gallons of drinking water a day, providing water for up to 112,000 families of four, or 300,000 people.

Officials: Bigger, better hospital on Camp Pendleton nearly complete

Active, retired military personnel and their families will have a new state-of-the-art facility for medical services by the end of this year, as construction is nearing completion on the new Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. McCarthy Building Co., Clark Construction and approximately 1,000 contractors are putting the finishing touches on the four-level, 500,000-square-foot facility.

Caltrans adding lanes to northbound stretch of I-805

Since it was built in 1975, traffic along the Interstate 805 corridor has increased 300 percent and today the freeway has daily traffic that averages between 160,000 to 260,000 vehicles.

Wines, vines and equines: Community plan headed for Riverside County board

Before the end of the year, the term "Wine Country" could take on a grander meaning in the Temecula area, as Riverside County may pass a plan that – based on a more defined set of rules and a new zoning classification incorporating that term – could help shape growth for the popular destination east of Temecula proper.

New Our Lady of Mount Carmel church decades in the making

When it's finished later this year, the Rancho Penasquitos-based Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic church will "be the final leg of the journey" for most of its parishioners who have been members for the past 20 or 30 years, according to the deacon. Building a new church galvanized members, Deacon Robert Holgren said, adding, "I look at it as the completion of a dream that started when the parish hall finished."

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