SAN DIEGO – A proposed neighborhood village in Carmel Valley is creating controversy.
Thursday night large crowds showed up at the Carmel Valley Planning Board meeting to voice their opinions about One Paseo, the $650 million development proposed for the corner of Del Mar Heights and El Camino Real in Carmel Valley.
Carol Klein, another long time resident of the area says she is all for the proposed 24 acre project. It would include retail, residential, office and open space all centered around a Main Street.
“I think it’s going to improve our lifestyle,” said Klein. “I’ll be able to walk to One Paseo and enjoy the entertainment that is there, and the retail.”
As a result of feedback from the community, the developers, Kilroy Realty Corporation presented revised plans to the Carmel Valley Planning Board. The new plans reduce the size of the project by about 30 percent, it changes a ten story building to six stories, and increases the amount of open space by about ten percent.
Robert Little, the Vice President of Development for Kilroy Realty Corporation says the project would boost the local economy.
“It will create about 1,500 permanent jobs and over 3,000 temporary jobs in the corm of construction,” said Little.
But San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and County Supervisor Dave Roberts who represents district three, both opposed the project saying it’s still much larger than what the community had originally agreed to.
“Shoe horning a project that is three times the zoning will not work for this site,” said Roberts.
The project has been in the works for about five years.
Based on tonight’s presentation of the revised plans, the Planning Board will make recommendations to the Planning Commission as to whether or not it should allow the area to be rezoned in order to move forward in the development process.