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Old Shopping Center Makes Way for New One

Real Estate: Demolition Begins for Escondido’s Valley Rose Center

Redevelopment of the Valley Rose Shopping Center in the 1500 block of East Valley Parkway in Escondido has started, the developer said Feb. 1.

World Premier Investments Inc. of Santa Ana is demolishing the existing facility to make way for a new, 119,000-square-foot shopping center, said Rick Del Carlo, a principal of the firm.

When completed this fall, the $16 million shopping center will be anchored by an Albertsons supermarket and a Sav-On Pharmacy, he said. The seven-building complex will also include an Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and small shop spaces.

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World Premier Investments is acting as its own general contractor for the project, with Nadell Architects Inc. of Costa Mesa and Courtney Architects of Pasadena providing the design work, Del Carlo said.

Meanwhile, one of Downtown’s major redevelopment projects, the Apartments at El Cortez, is progressing toward a May 2000 completion, a spokesman for the developer said Feb. 1.

San Diego-based Ninteman Construction Co. Inc. crews are now restoring and replacing the ornamentation on the exterior, said Roger Conlee, a spokesman for the J. Peter Block Cos., owner of the 1920s-era hotel at 702 Ash St.

Finish plastering and painting is continuing on the exterior as new drywall is being installed on the 10th through 16th floors and work on the parking garage is finishing up, Conlee said.

Restoration of the Don Room’s ornamented ceiling is just getting started, while four of the five ground-level retail spaces will be completed by the end of the month, he added.

Mission Valley Movement

Late last month, CT Realty Corp. of Newport Beach completed a $7 million redevelopment of Mission Corporate Center at 6150-6162 Mission Gorge Road.

U.T. Thompson III, chairman of CT Realty Corp., said most of the office and industrial space at the center has already been leased.

“We believe Mission Valley is just beginning to show its tremendous potential for growth and is developing into a major hub for business,” Thompson said.

The corporate center was also redesigned with fiber optic cable for high-speed data transmission, he added.

Hazard Construction Co. of San Diego is grading and putting in infrastructure improvements for Mesa Verde Estates, a 60-lot residential subdivision on Del Mar Mesa Road in the Carmel Valley area, said William S. Rogers, vice president of Hazard Construction, on Jan. 28.

The San Diego division of Pardee Homes started work Jan. 19 at Sabre Springs Village, a 216-unit apartment community in the Sabre Springs near Poway. Gregory Sorich, vice president of multifamily development for Pardee, said the complex amenities will include a fitness center, sauna, swimming pool and spa. Other features include multiple telephone lines for computers for each unit and cable television wiring, he said.

Crews finished up Jan. 12 at the 80,690-square-foot Central Area Police Station and Community Services Center at 25th Street and Imperial Avenue in Logan Heights. Douglas E. Barnhart Construction Co. of San Diego was the general contractor for the project. Lamb Consulting Engineers provided power, lighting, alarm and communication systems design for the project, said John Lamb Sr., principal-in-charge.

Martinez & Cutri Architects & Planners of San Diego designed the facility.

The project encompassed a two-story, 23,500-square-foot police station, a single-story, 1,590-square-foot community service center and a three-level, 55,600-square-foot parking structure, Lamb said.

Office Space In Carlsbad

Meanwhile, the tenant improvement division of Bycor General Contractors Inc. of San Diego has started work on 13,500 square feet of office space improvements for Ryland Homes at 5720 Fleet St. in Carlsbad, said Scott Kaats, Bycor’s CEO. Cooper Roberts Bennett & Co. of San Diego designed the space.

On Jan. 28, Johnson & Jennings General Contracting of San Diego finished tenant improvements for expansion of the 3,257-square-foot offices of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, 101 W. Broadway in Downtown.

The project included modification and expansion of the tenant’s existing space. The new space features custom millwork counters and work stations throughout, as well as new offices and lighting, said Mike Harrison, project manager for Johnson & Jennings. Jossy+Carrier Design Group of San Diego served as the space planner.

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