San Diego Business Journal

City to Review $200M Mixed-Use Proposal for U-T Site

By Lou Hirsh Friday, May 11, 2012

The city of San Diego will begin preliminary review later this year on plans submitted for a $200 million mixed-use project in Mission Valley, proposed by developer and U-T San Diego publisher Doug Manchester.

William Zounes, a project manager with the city, said by phone May 10 that public review will likely begin no earlier than June, starting with the city’s advisory Mission Valley Planning Group, though full formal plans are yet to be submitted. The project would also require approval from the Planning Commission and City Council.

Manchester recently announced plans for the Mission Valley campus of U-T San Diego, which he purchased in December, that would include a 22-story residential tower with 198 units, and a 10-story office building.

The 12.9-acre site off Interstate 8 would also get a parking garage topped by a pool and fitness center, a biking and jogging trail, and more than 6,000 square feet of retail space.

The developer is looking to complete the project in four years, and estimates a city review process timeline of about 18 months.