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.

  • 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.

  • Bosa condo tower to begin construction next year

    A 41-story, 232-unit residential tower planned by Bosa Development at the southeast corner of Broadway and Pacific Highway has gotten the approval of the Centre City Development Corp. The $250 million project is tentatively scheduled to start next year, with completion in 2016. The starting price tag will be $750,000 per unit.

  • District makes improvements to City, SD Mesa colleges

    In the last year, the San Diego Community College District has spent approximately $200 million on improving its three main campuses and continuing education campuses.

  • Malls hope renovations will boost business in tough retail climate

    Westfield UTC is one of several San Diego shopping malls undergoing a large renovation amid a tough retail sales environment. Tom Tierney, senior vice president for Westfield San Diego, said the University City property “needed a bit of shine” to do well against its competitors.

  • Airport’s consolidated rental car facility enters design phase

    For years, officials at the San Diego County Airport Authority have been looking for a way to shift passenger access and processing to the north side of the airport.

  • Airport Green Build 50% complete

    About a year from now, San Diego’s Lindbergh Field will have a fully functional Terminal 2 and improved access to the entire facility. Construction work to expand the airport is more than 50 percent complete.

  • Central Library beginning to take shape

    If you have gone to a Padres game this season or have been near the East Village of San Diego, you have probably noticed a large building under construction with a dome-shaped roof.

  • Plaza de Panama

    After two years of wrangling and controversy, the Plaza de Panama project is set to move forward, following the San Diego City Council’s approval in July of the plan designed to remove vehicles from the center of Balboa Park.

  • CLCA honors landscape contractors

    The San Diego chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) recently honored 22 local landscape contractors with 2012 Beautification Awards for excellence in landscape installation and maintenance, best quality, construction, originality and attention to detail on 2011 projects.

  • Architect wants to revitalize Bankers Hill block

    A Chinese restaurant that has stood on a Bankers Hill corner for 35 years is now in the shadow of a wrecking ball.

  • Design activity continues to fall in West

    Architectural firms in the West region saw a slower decline in design activity last month as demand for services continue to decrease, according to the latest Architecture Billings Index released last week.

  • As home prices rise, comparables for appraisers harder to find

    The housing market can’t catch a break – home prices start to increase, signaling good news, but causing the search for comparable homes to suffer.

  • Supreme Court upholds arbitration clauses in CC&Rs

    The California Supreme Court ruled Aug. 16 that arbitration clauses can be used to resolve construction defect claims filed against builders of common interest developments.

  • Building permits rise to 4-year high, as housing starts dip

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. builders took out more residential construction permits in July than at any time in the past four years, a sign the market will continue to improve.

  • Offshore architectural design not for everyone

    Outsourcing companies that supply computer-aided design (CAD) work have gained in popularity in recent years, but are receving some mixed reviews in San Diego County.

  • Multifamily industry clashes over DeMaio endorsement

    Within the multifamily housing industry, affordable housing advocates and property owners don’t always share legislative priorities. Earlier this month, those differences spilled into the San Diego mayoral race.

  • Latest phase of additions at County Operations Center complete

    Four major aspects of the county’s seven-year effort to consolidate county-handled business at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa were opened for business to the public Tuesday afternoon.

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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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