On October 1, the U-T San Diego ran an article involving one of SGPA’s most recent retail and mixed-use projects, Pacific Highlands Ranch.
Designed to reflect the Monterey style of Santa Barbara’s State Street shopping district, Pacific Highlands Ranch encompasses 24 acres in Carmel Valley. The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, as it will be called formally, is slated to open its retail properties early next year, with residential following in 2017. SGPA Architecture and Planning served as the project’s architect, alongside Coast Income Properties as the master developer.
“We worked closely with Coast Income and the Carmel Valley Planning Group to blend multiple priorities to come up with a plan that works for everyone,” said Keith Pittsford, Principal in Charge.
Located at Carmel Valley Road and Del Mar Heights Road, the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch will offer 150,000 square feet of retail space, over 300 apartments and a town square that is broken down into smaller gathering spaces. This ‘outdoor living room’ will serve as the heart of the community with soft seating surrounding linear fire pits that are nestled in between canopy trees and water features.
The pedestrian-friendly design includes a spacious two-acre village green park and additional smaller parks, including a dog park, bocce ball courts, community garden and tot lot. In order to encourage foot traffic and diminish the need for a car in heavily congested southern California, SGPA and Landscape Architect Michael Peltz focused on creating walkable corridors and paths throughout this design.
Neighbored by Del Mar, Torrey Pines and Rancho Santa Fe, the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch combines housing, retail and public spaces into one community. As an urban town center with five acres of space available for public use, residents and visitors alike will be able to gather at the heart of the Village, anchoring areas known as the Village Green and Village Square. The public will be able to utilize the Village Square and park area as a central meeting spot for various events, picnics and the like.
A proposal for a new public library to take form in the southeastern corner of the Village is in the works. Secured retail tenants include a Rite Aid Pharmacy and Trader Joe’s grocery store, which will be joined by up to six restaurants of both the sit down and self-serve options. Further space is allocated for shops, boutiques and offices, and the site has the potential to add an additional 25,000 square feet at a later time.
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