By Karen Billing
The Pacific Highlands Ranch Village Center, a mixed-use center planned for Carmel Valley Road and Village Center Loop Road near Canyon Crest Academy, is moving forward through the city approval process.
According to Dan Curran, vice president of Coast Income Properties, they hope to get through the city process by the end of the summer and begin grading by the end of the year. They still aim to open by the first or second quarter of 2015.
The project includes 160,000 square feet of retail with a full-service market and drug store, a mix of shops and restaurants, a plaza and lawn area for gathering and 325 residential units.
Curran said an exciting part of the process is that they have begun leasing discussions with potential tenants.
“This is a great neighborhood and the tenants know that,” Curran said, noting they have heard several proposals for the market and drug store.
They expect to select those tenants in the next three to four months and then start talking with tenants to fill the retail and restaurant spaces.
Karen Dubey, a Pacific Highlands Ranch resident, said she would like the developers to work with the community before grading begins to work out issues related to the grading trucks. Curran said they have every intent to be “good neighbors.”