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Seawall Construction
Several private property owners are removing riprap (rock revetment) and existing seawalls along beachfront private property near 29th Street and will be constructing new replacement seawalls. The property owners have hired the same contractor, McMahon Engineering, to perform the work. The contractor has been coordinating with City and Coastal Commission staff on the construction phasing and access plan in the City right-of-way and beach. The southern half of 29th Street is temporarily fenced for construction access and material storage. Beach access is temporarily relocated to the north side of 29th Street. The project is expected to be completed prior to the start of Memorial Day weekend. Questions or concerns can be directed to Jean Crutchfield, Associate Planner, at (858)755-9313 ext. 1162/ jeanc@delmar.ca.us or Community Services at (858) 755-1556.

Right Turn for 941
Planners are working hard to qualify the 941 Prjoect at the intersection of Camino del Mar and 10th Street for the 11/18 ballot. We asked Don Glathorn what they learned at the recent Community Participation Program (CPP) workshop: “The response to our CPP was very favorable with the vast majority of attendees enthusiastic about the design concept and uses. The proposed garden/ floral café was strongly endorsed as the right kind of use that Del Mar needs to make the village a more vibrant and welcoming experience. There were some concerns expressed about view blockage and traffic impacts to the adjacent neighborhood. In response we have lowered the roof over two feet in order to not exceed the currently approved Garden roof heights. We will also be restricting right turns from exiting the parking garage on 10th Street. Other modifications include: adding solar power, requiring all of the Camino del Mar street frontage to be commercial, reducing the maximum number of residential units from 22 to 17, and changing the affordable units from studio to one bedroom. New story poles will be erected soon to reflect the design revisions and lowered roof heights.”

See their website at www.941caminodelmar.com to track changes in the proposal.

Watermark EIR Review
The City is working on responses to the Watermark draft EIR comments. The design for the lot at Jimmy Durante and San Dieguito Drive has evolved to 38 units, including 8 affordable, 4 of which will be donated.
We asked applicant Don Glathorn to summarize the main characteristics of the proposed development, “Watermark will be a residential community that offers design concepts and amenities not found anywhere else along the northern coast. The project is designed to emphasis single level living, large open concept kitchens and great rooms, 22 private garages placed along the perimeter of the main garage, EV charging stations in all private garages and spaced within several other open bay stalls, solar power, indoor/outdoor living and coastal materials, colors and forms that will be in keeping with our beautiful community character. Extensive landscaping will soften the buildings along the street frontages and add vibrant colors and textures to an authentic and appropriately scaled architectural presentation. The hillside units are now designed to blend into the hill with an earth-tone material palette enveloped in cascading garden terraces on every side. We continue to move ahead carefully and thoughtfully to make sure we have done our best to provide the best possible design solutions and to set a new bar for excellence in multi-family living.We have used the time to our benefit to improve the design and marketability of the project. We remain committed to the process and are focused on achieving excellence.”

Del Mar Resort
Planners are refining the Del Mar Resort Specific Plan proposal, working on the plans and technical reports. They plan to have it ready for public review in mid- to late summer. They will be meeting to get feedback from city advisory committees including Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee, Finance, Lagoon and others.
(The City Council has directed staff working on the adjacent Scripps Preserve property to pursue options with the least amount of change or disturbance to the natural state of the site.)

Works Week
During the week of May 20 through May 26, 2018, the City of Del Mar is celebrating the hard work and dedication of the many public works professionals who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works.
Please join Public Works staff on Thursday, May 24, at the PW Yard on Jimmy Durante for our Annual Open House with tacos and beverages!


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