The proposal to remove vehicles from Balboa Park, the disbanding of redevelopment agencies and passage of ballot propositions have brought drastic change and challenges to the building and construction industry in Central San Diego. Take a closer look at these issues and get the latest news on projects that are under way.

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Works in Progress

A quick look at some of the large ongoing construction projects around the county, as well as developments that have yet to break ground. Projects are listed by estimated total cost.

Civic San Diego looks to keep redevelopment alive

Redevelopment is dead. Long live redevelopment.

Convention Center expansion plans mired in controversy

Funding the $520 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center has been much debated, with different factions boosting different ideas.

US taxpayers are gouged on mass transit costs

If the first segment of Manhattan’s Second Avenue subway opens on schedule in 2016, New Yorkers will be reminded that it was once “the line that time forgot” -- a project more than 75 years in the making, with no end in sight. It should be remembered for another failing as well: It will be one of the most expensive subways in the world.

Scripps, UCSD embark on massive projects

The University of California, San Diego Health System broke ground in January on a $698 million project that will tack on new hospitals to its La Jolla campus.

Good Time Design purchases The Fleetwood

Good Time Design, the all-encompassing restaurant and entertainment venue design and consulting firm, is announced the recent purchase of The Fleetwood. The Fleetwood is located on the corner of Seventh Avenue and J Street in the East Village, among some of Good Time Design’s other venues, including Bub's at the Ballpark, Lucky's Lunch Counter and the recently opened Block No. 16 Union & Spirits.

Mesa College’s Math and Science Building nearly halfway complete

At 206,000 square feet, the new Math and Science Building at San Diego Mesa College is taking shape as the roughly $110 million giant on campus.

Innovative recycling company poised for growth in Barrio Logan

A serial entrepreneur, Noble left architecture firm Tucker Sadler where he was CEO in 2006 to form two innovative companies simultaneously — Envision Solar, famous for its aesthetically appealing solar trees that shade cars while charging them; and Noble Environmental Technologies, out of which emerged eCor Global, an eco-friendly panel product made completely out of recycled material that can be adapted for a variety of uses.

Lane Field plans influx, downtown hotel development goes on

Hotels in the central part of San Diego are changing — not just the ones that already exist, but also plans for those that are yet to be built.

Rise in US home sales reflects steady improvement

The recovery of the U.S. housing market is looking steadier and more sustainable, a trend that will likely add to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in seven years.

Millions in contract dollars awarded to fix up San Diego schools

Construction is moving forward and projects continue to be awarded on Proposition S work at the San Diego Unified School District.

Mercado del Barrio a long-awaited catalyst for Barrio Logan

A mixed-use project with low-income apartments, a grocery store, restaurants, retail and a parking structure will be ready for occupancy this September, more than a month ahead of schedule, in Barrio Logan.

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Roundtables

Now is the time to buy commercial real estate properties, experts say

With buildings that may be a fraction of their original worth, interest rates in the cellar and financing increasingly available, now may be the time to buy or even build if the asset class is right.

Profiles

'Building doctor' specializes in restoring historic properties

With an impressive portfolio of restoration projects, general contractor Michael Mihos has earned his nickname, the “building doctor.” He began working on restoring buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter back when the district was still an eyesore, and over the course of 30 years has worked on projects across San Diego County.

Xpera president is wise to where construction fails

There are times when construction does not go as planned. Delays. Defects. Overages.

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Mercado del Barrio to be completed in 2012

August 2012 -- Redevelopment continues in Barrio Logan with the construction of the Mercado del Barrio. Reporter Carlos Rico gets an update on the 6.8-acre mixed-use project that includes low-income housing, retail and commercial space, and public areas.

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