SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Special Report: Coworking Thinks Big

Large Companies Find Flexible Office Space Gives Them a More Nimble Presence to Test MarketsBobby Brannigan’s commute is shorter than most. Every morning, he takes an electric scooter to his company’s offices in Downtown Works, a colorful, multistory coworking space in the heart of San Diego.

San Diego Is Test Market for Company’s Micro Apartments

PROPERTY: Luxury Offering Short on Space, But Big on Amenities and Style

Tiny apartments — some so small that they’d almost qualify as walk-in closets — are making a go of it in downtown San Diego.

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Special Report: Seeking Approval

Downtown Development May Take a New Turn As Civic San Diego Loses Its Role in the Process

The demise of Civic San Diego as the arbiter of downtown development may slow approval of new projects or may lead to better oversight.

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Small Town Charms May Be Big Selling Point

BUILDING: Project Offers Community Inspiring Amenities And Variety of Home Styles

A new community that is a mini city of sorts is taking shape in eastern Chula Vista’s Otay Ranch with a goal of re-creating the feel of older small towns but with the amenities modern homebuyers want at a price they can afford.

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The Sales Signs: Residential Brokers Find Reason for Optimism, at Least, in Near-Term Prospects

Home sales are picking up in San Diego County following an especially weak market toward the end of 2018 and early 2019, according to several real estate brokers.

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Insurance Cos. Find Telematics’ Technology Can Be a Useful ‘Underwriting Tool’

Indeed, insurance is only one use for the technology. Telematics helps fleet managers track their far-flung assets and stay on top of maintenance and fuel expenses.

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Telematics Town: Niche Business Helps Clients Cut Risk, Economize

TECH: Sector Grew Out of Qualcomm Inc.; Use Cases Are Many

San Diego is a hotbed of telematics companies.

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Special Report: Funding Journey Starts With Getting Your Foot in the Door

INVESTMENT: Seismic Did Its Homework and Obtained Introductions

Raising a funding round for a startup isn’t easy. Doug Winter should know. He’s raised four since he founded Seismic in 2011.

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Special Report: Increases Expected in 2019 Construction Costs

BUILDING: Tariffs, Demand for Materials Likely to Boost Prices

A year ago, construction costs were rising so fast with fear of tariffs so shaking the industry that some contractors started stockpiling materials. That’s over, with many San Diego County contractors predicting a slow but steady rise in costs through the end of 2019.

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Special Report: Coworking Competition Likely to Lead to More Consolidation

PROPERTY: Providers Find Value in Having More People, Scale and Size

After running his coworking business for four years, Jay Chernikoff saw an opportunity to grow. He sold his two-location company, DeskHub, to Santa Monica-based Cross Campus in January.

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Tide pull: Oceanside Development

With Two Hotels Under Construction, Downtown Oceanside Continues to Draw Businesses That Are Reshaping the Area

When S.D. Malkin Properties began its quest to build a pair of beachfront resort hotels in downtown Oceanside more than a decade ago, much of the surrounding area was a collection of vacant lots used for parking.

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Plan Is for Former Hospital Site to Become Residential Asset

PROPERTY: Escondido Project to Create Scene, Boost Business Traffic

A former hospital campus on the edge of downtown Escondido may be transformed into a condominium and apartment project that proponents hope would help invigorate the city’s urban core.

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