Tree-lined paseos, sidewalks brimming with cafe tables and a new cinema where waiters serve up appetizers over the din of previews - these are some of the things envisioned for the huge empty lot on the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real.
Kilroy Realty Corporation owns the 550,000-square-foot lot and hopes to create a true mixed-use town center. They are planning a center that combines office buildings with restaurants, retail and residential use in a pedestrian-friendly environment.
"We want to create something special and unique, a main destination," said Robert Little, Kilroy vice president of commercial development. Little said Kilroy plans to begin the city application process by this summer, anticipating occupancy on the project by 2012.
To dream up Carmel Valley's new town center, Kilroy has hired Elkus Manfredi architects.