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Bob Fuchs | Newcrest Point, Carmel Valley


Del Mar Heights Road from pedestrian overpass. Two more sets of traffic lights to be added between El Camino Real and High Bluff Drive if Kilroy goes ahead. Photo courtesy WhatPriceMainStreet.com


The controversy surrounding Kilroy Realty Corp.’s proposed One Paseo/Main Street project in the heart of Carmel Valley at the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Rd. and El Camino Real is heating up. Local residents have begun disseminating factual information relating to the unprecedented increase in entitlements being requested by the developer through the WhatPriceMainStreet.com website and passing out fact sheets throughout the neighborhoods. This effort is aimed at countering the developer’s slick promotional campaign which has sought to focus attention entirely on the perceived attractiveness of a “neighborhood gathering place” with supporting retail uses while attempting to obscure from community awareness any of the numerous negative impacts to Carmel Valley and neighboring communities.

The fact sheets point out many things that the developer would prefer that the community not know:

• the project would create 4X more traffic than the existing entitlement (26,000 trips per day vs. 6,000 trips per day for the existing entitlement), along with two new traffic lights on Del Mar Heights, resulting in longer delays into, out of and through Carmel Valley

• the attractive amenity offered by the developer is only a very small part of the overall project, while the 3.7X increase in density would superimpose a downtown San Diego or UTC level of density to suburban Carmel Valley. The project’s 10- and 8-story office buildings along with a 10-story residential building in the heart of Carmel Valley would destroy its existing suburban character.
There are approximately 600,000 SF of vacancy in office buildings in Carmel Valley north of Hwy 56 . The Del Mar Highlands Town Center has an existing entitlement to build more than 150,000 SF of retail. And the Kilroy site itself has an entitlement of 500,000 SF of office. It is problematic whether the existing Carmel Valley arterials, even with widening, can support the existing entitlements. It seems to make little sense, and is basically unfair to existing entitlement holders and merchants, to allow an increase in entitlement which effectively discards the principles that guided the existing master plan.

My fellow residents and I who have taken on the task of trying to inform the larger public about this project appreciate the opportunity to share this message with Sandpiper readers. To learn more, we invite you to visit www.WhatPriceMainStreet.com for more graphic detail. Feel free to express your concerns on the “Get Involved” page of the website.


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