Main Street or mixed-use? Let’s discuss it!

Kilroy wants a Main Street, and thus, dismisses the two smaller alternatives to its One Paseo proposal.

Does the community want a Main Street?  I don’t think so, not at the cost of an additional 23,854 to 26,961 average daily automobile trips.  Remember, these trips are generated by those high-end stores Kilroy wants to attract to make the Main Street concept work.  They come from a 10-mile radius and will affect not just Carmel Valley, but the surrounding communities of Del Mar Heights, Del Mar Terrace, and the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach.

In the months of discussion we’ve had over One Paseo since it was first proposed, I think, community opinion has gelled.  A mixed-use development is desirable compared to an employment center.  Any development at all is going to make the existing horrendous traffic worse, but no one believes land can remain undeveloped.

So why should we allow Kilroy to press upon us its Main Street concept when mixed-use, with many of the same advantages, can be achieved with “only” 11,001 additional average daily automobile trips?

It is arrogant, indeed, to dismiss a seemingly sensible alternative for the region.  A mix of multi-family housing and stores and restaurants that meet local needs could enliven our community, and provide an appealing gathering place.  Who knows, maybe we can leave the car at home sometimes!

Come and hear others’ opinions and express your own at the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board’s Nov. 14 meeting.  The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Del Mar Hills Academy auditorium on Mango Drive.  We have invited the mayoral candidates and await their responses.  Representatives from Kilroy have declined previous invitations, but we will extend the invitation again for their explanation of the new alternatives.  A representative from the city’s Development Services Department has also been asked to give us some clarity on the Main Street concept and the general plan’s City of Villages concept.  We’ll make sure the agenda is published widely; meanwhile, save the date!

Diana Scheffler, Architect

Torrey Pines Community

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