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La Mesa: Windermere Looking to Hire Agents

Windermere Real Estate announced the opening of a La Mesa affiliate Dec. 6.

The new 2,000-square-foot location is at 8284 La Mesa Blvd. and will house 16 agents with the capacity to hold 35.

Owner Brian Arrington is recruiting agents to serve residential and commercial La Mesa and puts the median price of a single-family home in La Mesa at $690,000.

Windermere Real Estate has more than 300 offices and 8,000 associates serving neighborhoods throughout the western United States and British Columbia, Canada.

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, Andy Killion

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Oceanside: Preserving History Important to City

The city of Oceanside is considering a program that would give building owners a tax break for maintaining historical structures.

Under the Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program, residents would be able to save from 40 percent to 50 percent on their property tax bills, said Jerry Hittleman, the city’s interim planning director.

“We’re studying how many properties would qualify for the Mills Act,” he said.

For their part, owners who participated in the program would be prohibited from demolishing their properties for 10 years, among other caveats, said Hittleman.

Regulations on the books now don’t regulate any changes to a single-family home, “unless the owners are asking for a variance or splitting up lots for a subdivision,” he said.

“This would help to maintain a neighborhood’s character,” said Hittleman.

The city’s fact-finding mission is expected to take three to six months, he said, and ultimately would have to be approved by the City Council.

, Pat Broderick

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San Marcos: Planners Focus on Medical Matters

Plans for a 112,000-square-foot medical complex that would be visible from Highway 78 were approved this month by the San Marcos Planning Commission.

The complex at Carmel and Enterprise streets would replace a storage yard kept by KRC Rock Inc. in San Marcos, which sells natural stone and boulders.

Approval of the plans called for the commission to rezone the 6.44-acre site from light industrial to business park.

According to city documents, the complex would consist of four four-story buildings with a two-story parking garage. The complex, which requires City Council approval, would contain leasable Class A medical office space for about $220 per square foot.

Cost and timeline for the new complex, dubbed the Campus Pointe Office Building in city documents, were not available at press time.

, Jessica Long

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Chula Vista: Commerce Center Attracting Buyers

A six-building industrial project, Chula Vista’s largest in about two decades, in the city’s Western area, is close to being completed, with six of its 40 units in escrow, said Peter Quinn, vice president of Voit Development Co.

The Chula Vista Commerce Center, on Main Street about midway between Interstates 5 and 805, is a $30 million project consisting of 184,000 square feet with buildings ranging in size from 15,000 to 76,000 square feet, Quinn said.

Voit decided there was a market for selling the commercial units and found plenty of interest from a variety of businesses.

Space could be used by companies for warehousing and storing inventory, light assembly, or services, Quinn said.

Among the committed buyers are an industrial design company, a fitness studio, and a distributor of business machines, Quinn said.

, Mike Allen

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San Diego: Travelers Can Park, Fly Near Lindbergh

Atlanta-based Park ‘N Fly opened its doors to the public Dec. 8 at the corner of Sassafras Street and Kettner Boulevard near the San Diego International Airport.

The transportation company says it plans to cater to hurried business travelers, picking them up at their parked cars and shuttling them to and from the airport.

“We are excited to be there,” said David Grocer, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Park ‘N Fly. “It is one of the top 30 markets (in terms of airports) and it has been growing.

“We took over six service lots in San Diego and one garage,” Grocer said.

Park ‘N Fly purchased Park & Ride, a company that provides similar services and was in the area for approximately 30 years, for an undisclosed amount.

The Atlanta company retained the name Park & Ride, changing only its garage name to Park ‘N Fly.

Park ‘N Fly has 800 employees nationwide and 20 facilities in 12 airports.

“We (Park ‘N Fly) have a loyal customer base, and Park & Ride was already well-established, so we did not feel it was necessary to change the name to ours,” Grocer said.

He said the company based its move to San Diego on, among other things, information from the Federal Aviation Administration that said San Diego is the 28th largest airport nationwide, based on the number of passengers.

Park ‘N Fly is a BCD company. The Netherlands-based company employs approximately 14,000 people and operates in 96 countries with total sales, including franchising, of $13 billion, according to its Web site.

, Amy Yarnall

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Solana Beach: Developer Says More Offices Needed

Developer Morgan Osborne, with Pacific Sound Investors LLC, filed an application Dec. 4 with the city of Solana Beach to rezone land adjacent to Interstate 5 in Solana Beach.

Osborne’s application is requesting that the city change its general plan so that the zoning of the area will become available for commercial use.

Osborne’s argument explains that the area should not be residential due to the heavy traffic and noise along the freeway. If the amendment passes, Osborne will be able to build an office building on 2.91 acres at 959 Genevieve St., which is between the Via de la Valle and Lomas Santa Fe Drive exits.

, Stacey Bengtson

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Del Mar: Pukalani Plans to Open Spa in Spring

The first Pukalani Spa & Salon anticipates opening its doors in March in the Flower Hill Promenade on Via de la Valle near Interstate 5, according to mall manager M. Rose Jabin.

The 6,500-square-foot tropical and international spa will offer a full service of treatments, including collagen facials, massages, hair care for men and women, makeup application, manicures, pedicures and reflexology.

The spa will include a meditation lounge stocked with wines and healthy snacks and beverages, locker room facilities, a sauna and showers.

, Michelle Mowad

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Carlsbad: Microsoft Corp. to Receive Total Training

Carlsbad’s Total Training Inc., a maker of video-based training, announced an alliance Dec. 5 with Microsoft Corp. that involves the inclusion of two hours of its sample tutorials by author Janine Warner in the release of the software giant’s first Expression product, Expression Web.

Total Training will also provide sample video tutorials for Microsoft’s entire Expression Studio, which includes Expression Blend, Expression Design and Expression Media. The whole array, devoted to the creation of Web sites, is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2007.

The dollar value of the alliance was not disclosed.

Privately held Total Training, which also has offices in New York and was founded in 1996, bills itself as a pioneer in innovative video-based training for leading software applications.

, Connie Lewis

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Imperial Beach: Business Owner Sworn in as Mayor

Imperial Beach businessman Jim Janney, 50, was sworn in as mayor of that city Dec. 6. He follows Diane Rose, who did not seek another four-year term. The part-time mayor’s job comes with a $13,200 annual salary.

Janney, who has been a city councilman since 2002, took 49.5 percent of the vote during the Nov. 7 election, beating challengers J.M. “Bud” Harbin and Kourosh Hangafarin.

Janney owns O.A.P. Packaging Inc. in Otay Mesa with his wife, Debbie. The business has annual revenue of about $3 million. The couple also owns O.A.P. Custom Picture Framing and Gifts on 10th Street in Imperial Beach.

The Janneys have lived in Imperial Beach since 1992.

, Brad Graves

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Santee: Retired Marine Armed With Big Plans

A retired U.S. Marine has purchased Magnolia Indoor Shooting Range Inc. in Santee and plans to make the facility the flagship of a national chain of ranges called American Marksman Indoor Shooting Sports Centers.

The range is at Highway 67 and Magnolia Avenue.

Mark Eberhard, president and chief executive officer of the Pensacola, Fla.-based American Marksman Group, the parent company of the potential chain, said he has letters of intent to purchase several other independently owned ranges in other areas of the country.

Retired Lt. Col. Eberhard paid less than $250,000 to acquire the Santee range Dec. 1. He plans to spend an additional $200,000 to expand the facility, which includes an indoor shooting range, retail space and classrooms, from 5,500 to 9,000 square feet. He will also expand inventory and step up marketing and advertising.

Eberhard was a helicopter pilot in the Marines and has a master’s in business administration. Before his current job, he was a senior adviser at International Profit Associates, a consulting firm near Chicago.

, Katie Weeks

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