One Paseo has something for everyone, but is it a ‘Village?’
I take exception to Kilroy’s latest advertisement for One Paseo, a “Proposed mixed-use neighborhood village with something for everyone.” Part of it is accurate and part of it is not.
What is not accurate is the “neighborhood village.” Del Mar is a village. Del Mar has public transportation. A “neighborhood village” is not a series of five-story-plus buildings on a relatively small plot of land. The rendering in the latest ad shows a two-story structure in the foreground and a five-story structure in the background with a wide expansive walking/park area in the middle. Looking closer in the left side of the rendering, you see what looks like the top of a much taller structure in the background. And from everything I’ve seen, there is no wide expanse of walking/park area in the existing project.
What is accurate is the “something for everyone.” Unfortunately, that’s not all good news, either. A big part of the “something” is going to be gridlock resulting from the increased traffic flow. This increased gridlock will affect the large workforce that commutes to and from work each day, parents and others transporting children to and from schools in the community, as well as hamper emergency services from reaching parts of Carmel Valley and Del Mar. Two new traffic signals, no matter how dynamic they are said to be, will not improve our traffic problem. Our current infrastructure does not support a project of this size.
The proponents of this project say that the traffic will all work out, if and when the freeways and on/off-ramps are widened and created. There’s no guarantee of any of that. I believe in looking ahead — however, I believe in looking ahead with a balanced plan that fits the needs of the community, not the needs of a corporation.