Carmel Valley planning board approves design of new office building on El Camino Real

By Karen Billing

The Heights at Del Mar, formerly known as the Neurocrine campus, will be getting a third office building. The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved the plans for the office building on El Camino Real at the board’s May 22 meeting.

Currently the Heights is home to two office buildings and the third was approved for the site back in 2003. Kilroy Realty purchased the office complex in 2013 and hired Gensler Architecture to “freshen up” the elevations for a substantial conformance review and site development permit.

Kevin Heinly, the managing director at Gensler, said that they plan to use the same footprint that was approved, but make a departure from the arts and crafts style of the other buildings.

Carmel Valley Planning Board Chair Frisco White said it was nice to see the change in style as the reviews have been mixed over the years regarding the arts and crafts buildings; Anne Harvey called it “arts and crafts on steroids.”

Heinly said the new structure will relate to the other buildings by pulling in similar colors and materials, beige and metalwork, lots of windows with glass in a blue-ish hue.

The building will also have some features similar to the Northwestern Division police station next door, further blending with what is already there, Heinly said.

In addition to the planning board’s approval, Kilroy has also received approval from the El Camino Real homeowner’s association and will be submitting to the city in June. The plan is to begin construction in September or October of this year.