Mixed-use residential-over-retail development coming to Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved the Corallina development, 109 residential units and 30,000 square feet of retail in Pacific Highlands Ranch, at its Aug. 27 meeting.

Developer John Finley has been working on the project with his father, Mike, since 2008. It has been a long process: John Finley noted his son was nine when he started and is now turning 16.

“We put our heart and soul into this project, as we do in all of our projects, but this one especially because it’s in our backyard,” said Finley, who has lived in the area since 1974 when most of Carmel Valley was nothing but canyon.

Along Village Way, a continuation of the road from the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Corallina will feature vertical mixed-use with residential flats above retail. Twenty-one affordable housing units will be above retail across Village Way.

A separate part of Corallina will feature three-story townhomes with two-car garages—the backs of the homes will face Carmel Valley Road, behind a required soundwall. Tara Lake of Latitude 33 said they have added interest to the wall with a number of gates and decorative features.

Finley said they have worked hard to engage the Pacific Highlands Ranch neighbors, a statement backed by resident Karen Dubey.

“The Finleys have been very cooperative with the community the whole time,” Dubey said. “They are the only builder so far to stick with the original vision of the Village to have vertical mixed use, and I applaud them for doing that.”

The developers hope to have Corallina before the planning commission in October and to be approved by City Council by November to start construction in 2016.

The board voted 12-1 in favor of approval on the condition that the developers resolve a conflict over a wall that separates the project from Coast Income Properties’ Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch.

The wall rises on the edge of the property from Carmel Valley Road, and for most of its 400-foot length, it runs 10 feet high, although at its peak it is 15 feet high. Dan Curran, representing Coast Income, said they haven’t been able to come to an agreement on the wall yet, but they have a good relationship with the Finleys and hope to find a resolution.

“Everybody wants this to be the right thing for both projects,” Curran said, who added that they don’t want to be in opposition to Corallina, but they don’t want the wall to negatively affect the Village.

The board commented that they would like the developer to explore the possibility of lowering the wall by three feet and using a wall with less visual impact, such as a geogrid wall formed to the slope or living wall.

Board members commented that the architecture of the Carmel Valley Road side doesn’t have the same “flair” as the interior, and asked that the developers consider adding more articulation.

“It looks like an exciting project,” said board member Allen Kashani, commenting that neighbors are hoping for more quick-serve restaurant options.

Finley said it is early in the process, although they have had a lot of interest from possible tenants. He said they will have to see what the market demand will be, so close by the Village.

Curran said the Village’s plan is to have five sit-down restaurants and three quick-serve eateries. Stay tuned, he said, for new tenant announcements: Crudo by Pascal Lorange and Dolce Pane & Vino have been announced as tenants so far, and Panera Bread has been open since April.