Environmental Impact of One Paseo Mixed-Use Development is Debated

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The Carmel Valley Middle School was the center of a heated debate regarding the One Paseo mixed-use development proposed by Kilroy Realty Corporation. Residents gathered to hear the comments of the Carmel Valley Planning Board on the draft environmental impact report, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. While most locals agree [...]

The Carmel Valley Middle School was the center of a heated debate regarding the One Paseo mixed-use development proposed by Kilroy Realty Corporation. Residents gathered to hear the comments of the Carmel Valley Planning Board on the draft environmental impact report, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

While most locals agree that a mixed-use development is ideal for the site, some are still concerned about the density of the project. The proposed site, at Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino, is zoned for 500,000 square feet of office space. Kilroy Realty, however, proposes a mixed-use development that would also include (in addition to the 557,000 square feet destined for offices) 270,000 square feet of retail space, 600 housing units, and a 150-room hotel accompanied by 4,000 parking spaces. The major concerns regarding the proposed development, totaling 1.8 million square feet, have to do with increased traffic congestion and the irregularity of tall buildings in the suburban setting.

The comments of the board have been submitted to the city of San Diego for review and a final environmental impact report will be issued at a later date for review. The members of the city’s Planning Commission are scheduled to hold a public hearing before submitting their recommendation to the City Council.

As previously reported by Commercial Property Executive, so far this year Kilroy Realty has been focusing its attention on the healthcare sector in the San Diego market. In February the company sold a 253,676-square-foot portfolio of Class-A medical office buildings.

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