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Yesteryears Revived in New Art Deco Residential-Retail Complex

Deca, a mixed-used project opening later this month, has gone retro. The Hillcrest development on Park Boulevard and Robinson Avenue blends an art deco fa & #231;ade with modern features.

Robb Walker, vice president of San Diego-based KMA Architecture & Engineering, the design firm for the project, said what makes this project unique is that it fits the historic style of its neighborhood.

“The original historic structure stimulated the whole design,” said Walker.

An existing storefront from the art deco era was reconstructed and old-time elements were pulled into the overall design, including silver doors with round glass galley windows, canopies and smooth angles.

Deca’s design combines this touch of nostalgia with modern amenities, including patios, balconies and fitness center.

“Inside it is a very contemporary building,” said Walker. “There are town home units that are two and three stories with open-style loft spaces and more typically arranged flats.”

In addition, the six-story building with 37 units has two street-level retail spaces totaling 6,000 square feet and two subterranean parking levels for residents and shoppers.

The project was developed by San Diego-based Up Inc. The residential units, with prices from the high $400,000s up to more than $1 million, are 50 percent sold.

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Boutique Hotel Restored:

The design of the new Ivy Hotel is also true to its original look , on the outside. Construction of this $90-million boutique hotel at F Street and Sixth Avenue downtown took two years. It is set to open May 15.

The original 1914-era fa & #231;ade was preserved, while the interior was and rebuilt with a modern twist, which has brought attention from several national travel publications.

The 159-room hotel features 19 suites, including one two-level suite with a spiral staircase leading to a private poolside cabana, a 185-seat Quarter Kitchen restaurant, 17,000-square-foot rooftop entertainment areas featuring a pool called Eden, four-level Envy nightclub and 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

San Diego-based Kelly Capital, a private investment firm, acquired the hotel in 2002 and began construction after spending three years getting the proper permits.

Dayna Lee and Ted Berner of Powerstrip Studio in Hollywood served as principal designers. In the past few years, Powerstrip has designed a dozen high-end projects, including W Hotels in Los Angeles and New Orleans.

The Ivy Hotel property will be managed by MTM Luxury Lodging of Kirkland, Wash., and be a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide collection.

Michael Kelly, chairman and chief executive officer of Kelly Capital, said the Ivy would occupy a unique niche in the high-end hotel market.

“We have assembled a dream team of development and hospitality professionals who have envisioned an indulgent, design-forward urban destination resort beyond compare locally,” said Kelly in a release.

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EastLake Offices Impetus For Jobs:

Construction of the EastLake Village Limited Edition development project in Chula Vista is nearing completion. EastLake Village, on Otay Lakes Road in the center of the master-planned community of EastLake, consists of 10 commercial office condominiums with units ranging in size from 5,300 square feet to 10,700 square feet. The first phase is estimated to be complete by late next month.

The 63,000-square-foot project is located on 4 acres and adjacent to several residential communities in the ever-growing community.

Tammy Harpster, senior vice president in the San Diego office of Phoenix Realty Group LLC, said the aim of the development was to bring job opportunities to the community, which will feature 8,900 units when built out.

“The thought was to bring nice Class A offices to bring job opportunities to the area,” she said.

The development was financed by San Diego Smart Growth Fund, which is managed by Phoenix Realty Group LLC, a national real estate investment firm, and Santa Ana-based developer Urban West.

Units start at $829,000. The office condos are being sold by Burnham Real Estate, a local real estate services firm.

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Eminent Domain Reiterated:

The Centre City Development Corp., which oversees redevelopment in downtown San Diego, recommended the City Council adopt separate ordinances concerning eminent domain in compliance with state health and safety codes for the Centre City and Horton Plaza redevelopment project areas.

The changes were required by a new section of the Health and Safety Code, which became law on Jan. 1, and affects new and existing redevelopment plans that contain authority for the use of eminent domain.

David N. Allsbrook, CCDC manager of contracting and public works, said, “This is just a reaffirmation, there are no changes in the language of the redevelopment plan with respect to eminent domain.”

Allsbrook said redevelopment agencies must comply with the new requirements by July 1 in order to use eminent domain in future years.

In April 2004, the Centre City Redevelopment Plan was amended to extend the power of eminent domain for 12 years.

In December 1986, the Horton Plaza redevelopment plan had also been amended to extend the power of eminent domain for 12 years.

That power expired in 1998 and was not extended.

To exercise eminent domain in the future in the Horton Plaza redevelopment area, the plan would need to be amended, said Allsbrook.

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