Doug Manchester Proposes $200 Million Mixed-Use Development for U-T Site

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The San Diego Union-Tribune publisher—and developer Douglas F. Manchester—propose a $200 million mixed-use development for the U-T site in Mission Valley. The city of San Diego will start preliminary review of the plan later this year, the San Diego Business Journal reports. The City of San Diego’s project manager, William [...]

The San Diego Union-Tribune publisher—and developer Douglas F. Manchester—propose a $200 million mixed-use development for the U-T site in Mission Valley. The city of San Diego will start preliminary review of the plan later this year, the San Diego Business Journal reports.

The City of San Diego’s project manager, William Zounes, said the public review will probably begin in June with the city’s advisory Mission Valley Planning Group, although full official plans have not been submitted yet. The development will also need to be approved by the Planning Commission and the City Council. Doug Manchester estimates the city review process will take around 18 months.

The media company’s 12.9-acre Mission Valley campus, located between Interstate 8 and the Fashion Valley shopping center, currently has a 166,257-square-foot office building and a printing plant. The new plan, as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, envisions a 22-story, 198-unit residential tower as well as a 10-story, 234,415-square-foot office building. The development will also include 6,470 square feet of retail space and a parking garage topped by a pool, a fitness center and tennis courts.

Perry Dealy, Manchester’s development consultant, confirmed a zoning change from the current industrial use is needed for the project, but the Mission Valley Community Plan’s mixed-use designation for the site would accommodate the new buildings.

According to the updated San Diego River master plan, a continuous bike path and jogging trail is planned along the banks of the San Diego River. As part of the campus expansion plan, Manchester would pay for his property’s portion.

The project is designed by AVRP Studios. Douglas Austin, chairman/CEO of the company, said the new office tower will have a lighthouse structure at the top which will incorporate a Times Square-style news ticker and night-time lantern.

The developer is expecting to complete construction of the project in four years.

Illustration Credits: AVRP Studios.