Opinion: Concerned citizens launch website on impacts of proposed Main Street project

By Jerry Mailhot
Carmel Valley

Concerned citizens in Carmel Valley have launched the website www.whatpricemainstreet.com to provide community members the opportunity to learn more and share their thoughts about Kilroy Realty Development’s proposed Main Street project.

The proposed Main Street project is on the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real in the heart of Carmel Valley. The site is Carmel Valley’s last sizeable undeveloped parcel of commercial property and currently planned for 500,000 square feet of suburban office space. The developer intends to build 270,000 square feet of retail, 535,000 square feet of office (housed in 10-story and seven-story buildings), 150 to 175 room hotel and 608 residential units plus parking structures, totaling more than 2 million square feet crammed on the 23-acre site. As proposed, the project would be the largest density increase ever considered in Carmel Valley’s 30-plus-year history.

The community has grown increasingly concerned about the one-sided promotion of the Main Street development to the residents of Carmel Valley. The website was developed to show the potential negative impacts of the project on Carmel Valley and surrounding communities.

Among the potential negative impacts highlighted on the website are traffic and infrastructure impacts to the community, parking constraints and the size and scale of the project.

The Main Street project will add more than 30,000 traffic trips per day to Carmel Valley roads, which is five times more than the planned traffic generation for the site and does not include projected traffic from nearby approved entitlements. The project will bring two additional stoplights and pedestrian crossings to Del Mar Heights Road between High Bluff Drive and El Camino Real increasing travel and wait times for all commuters and residents along the main artery in Carmel Valley.

The proposed project will be 10 times the density of the Del Mar Highlands Town Center and twice the size of University Town Center ­— a scale many residents are not comfortable with. Additionally, the developer has proposed paid parking for the office and hotel portions of the project, which will cause overflow parking and negatively impact surrounding streets and lots currently offering unrestricted and free parking.

We are not seeking to eliminate or reduce existing entitlements for the property but working to ensure the density, traffic and parking envisioned in the Community Plan are adhered to. It is important that any future development on the site is consistent with Carmel Valley’s community character and within the proposed traffic and infrastructure demands for which the area has been planned.

To learn more about the impacts of the proposed Main Street project or express yours concerns to decision makers, please visit the web site at www.whatpricemainstreet.com or email Jerry Mailhot at jmailhot@whatpricemainstreet.com.

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  4. Developers tout uses of proposed center
  5. City updates Carmel Valley panel on Kilroy project

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4 Comments for “Opinion: Concerned citizens launch website on impacts of proposed Main Street project”

  1. CarmelValleyJon

    I respectfully disagree with Jerry Mailhot, and think his description of the Main Street project is horribly embellished. Comparing Main Street to the University Town Center is absurd – it’s like comparing an iPhone to a payphone.

    Main Street is a community village with mixed uses while UTC is a traditional shopping mall. UTC has over 1 million more square feet of retail commercial space – 8 times more than the proposed Main Street. The Macy’s Department store at UTC includes 155,000 square feet – almost the total amount of all commercial space included at Main Street. UTC has three hotels adjacent holding more than double the number of rooms of the one boutique hotel at Main Street.

    Bottom line, UTC and Main Street are not comparable.

    Carmel Valley needs a Main Street. What Kilroy has proposed will fit perfectly with the surrounding community and provide something unique that we currently lack.

  2. John - Carmel Valley

    Not sure why Jerry Mailhot is making assumptions about Main Street increasing wait times when the traffic studies and EIR have not been completed. I see this as an opportunity to fix some of the traffic problems that currently exist, by utilizing developer fees to improve intersections and make other road improvements.
    I support the Main Street project – it’s a an attractive plan for that area and will bring a much needed gathering place, something unique that we currently lack. It’s the best use of this land, and really the only available space for a “Main Street” point of interest in Carmel Valley.

  3. CarmelValleyRes

    As a resident of Carmel Valley, I received the booklets sent by the developer and it looks like a beautiful snow job is underway. The traffic congestion with a development this size can only be avoided with alternative transportation. The current plan does not provide an answer to deal with the traffic it will generate. Traffic is going to be congested if this goes through.

  4. ken

    Wow, just ran across this letter and the comments following. I'm amazed how the commenters don't understand how big One Paseo will be. Sure, it's not UTC, with 1 million square feet, but if you combine it with the approved development at the Town Center, you get around 700,000 square feet, or 70% of UTC. Add to this the commercial, residential, hotel and parking structures, and you get about 3.6 million square feet!

    UTC is currently undergoing an expansion where they will add commercial, residential and hotel. After it's complete, UTC will be SMALLER than the One Paseo project. Sure, One Paseo has more commercial and less retail, but it will have a total size that is larger than UTC!

    And, for people who want to shop there, the estimate of around 30,000 additional cars on the road is correct. You can do the calculations yourself, just see the City's Traffic Trip Manual, it's easy to find. Or, see CarmelValleyMainStreet.com for more thoughts.

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