Solana Beach City Council approves mixed-use development project

By Kristina Houck

With no public comments, the Solana Beach City Council on Sept. 25 unanimously approved a mixed-use development project on North Cedros Avenue.

The plan proposes the construction of four structures on the 20,216-square-foot property at 238 N. Cedros. A nearly 3,885-square-foot two-story building would include retail space on the first floor and office space on the second floor. The other buildings would be a roughly 593-square-foot boathouse and two, two-story detached single-family homes, each with about 2,209 square feet of living space and a two-car garage.

Currently, a vacant 1,565-sqaure-foot one-story family home with a garage and additional covered parking space, as well as a storage building, sits on the west portion of the property, which is near Solana Beach restaurant, Claire’s on Cedros. The structures will be demolished for construction of the nearly 33-foot-high retail and office building, as well as the 25-foot-high boathouse. There will also be 14 parking spaces. Currently vacant, the east portion of the property will feature two 25-foot-high homes with attached two-car garages and two uncovered guest parking spaces.

Solana Beach resident and project builder Terry Wardell said he wanted to build a project that he and his family would be proud to drive by every day. Wardell, who noted he lives a couple blocks away from the project site, said it was important he and co-applicant Doug Sheres made sure the project is sustainable.

Wardell and project manager Rob Quigley, the architect who also designed the Solana Beach train station, explained the project includes solar collectors, water retention systems, electric car chargers, three-way and dimmable lighting, LED lighting, a day lighting system, dual flush toilets and other sustainable features.

Councilman Peter Zahn commended the applicants on reaching out to community members and including sustainable elements in the project plans.

“I think it’s great. We received a lot of comments and I think all of them were favorable — many enthusiastic from immediate neighbors, as well as people throughout the community,” Zahn said. “You guys obviously put a lot of thought into this.”