Carmel Valley board hears about Corallina mixed-use project

By Karen Billing

Developers for the Corallina mixed-use project in Pacific Highlands Ranch received support for the concept Sept. 25 at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting. The Carmel Valley Road project, which comprises 30,000 square feet of commercial property, 83 townhomes, 10 flats and 18 affordable housing units, has been before the board several times and is re-submitting to the city for a rezone and planning development permit.

“We listened to the comments and concerns of the planning board and have refined the project,” said Tara Lake of Latitude 33, Corallina’s engineering and planning firm. “We have kept the things you liked and refined the things you weren’t so crazy about.”

Corallina is next to Pacific Highlands Ranch Village, now under construction across from Canyon Crest Academy. At the planning board’s request, the project has broken up the massing of buildings along Carmel Valley Road, created variation in the retaining wall along the road and added gates for residents.

Along the project’s interior Village Way, which will connect Corallina with Pacific Highlands Ranch Village, townhomes and penthouses are above retail spaces in buildings with contemporary architecture with a Mediterranean touch. At the board’s request, Lake said the streetscape has been enhanced, with alcoves added to provide for café seating and more pedestrian activity. In the area of the townhomes, the layout was made less linear, with more building articulations, courtyards, decorative paving and landscaping.