By Karen Billing
Here are six more regional stories on our radar for 2013.
In November, Kilroy Realty announced some changes to its mixed-use project set for El Camino Real and Del Mar Heights Road, including the elimination of the proposed hotel, the scaling back of some of the building heights and Trader Joe’s as a new tenant.
The project has been a lightning rod for local conversation—some residents are thrilled about the shopping, dining and sense of place the lively Main Street could bring to the community; others fear the development will increase traffic congestion significantly and, even with reduced density, still find the scale overpowering and out of character with Carmel Valley.
The city is now in the process of producing One Paseo’s final EIR (environmental impact report) document and the project is on the agenda to kick off the new year for the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board (the meeting is set for Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Library). The project will then go through the planning commission by the spring of 2013 and to the San Diego City Council for approval possibly in the summer.
Highway 101 project in Solana Beach
A major renovation project along Highway 101 in Solana Beach is expected to be completed by early June rather than in the fall of 2013 as originally projected, city officials and the project’s general contractor said at a workshop meeting held on Monday, Dec. 17.
San Dieguito Union High School District
It took some time for the district’s Prop AA bond on November’s ballot to finally get the required 55 percent of the vote to pass but pass it did. According to Eric Dill, SDUHSD’s associate superintendent of business services, the district plans to draw $150 million of the bond monies in the spring of 2013 and kick off several local projects.
“Because of the design and approval work that needs to happen first, the most significant projects will not get off the ground until 2014 or later but we do have some projects that will start earlier,” Dill said.
Some of the highlights for next year’s work include the installation of artificial turf and rubberized track at Canyon Crest Academy, and Torrey Pines High will get new stadium lighting, fire road improvements and a water main replacement after the main broke earlier in 2012. The district will also begin the design process and approvals for improvements and additions at CCA, TPHS, Carmel Valley Middle School and Earl Warren Middle School, as well as the new Pacific Highlands Ranch Middle School.
In 2013, Dill said they plan to purchase the new middle school site in PHR, next to Canyon Crest. They aim to start construction on the middle school in 2015.
The Torrey Pines High School and North Coast Aquatics swimmer had an eventful 2011, when she became the Division 1 section champion in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke and helped the team win a section title.