Upcoming elements at North City include more housing, offices and retail elements. The apartment building anchoring Block C, shown here, opened earlier this year. Rendering courtesy of Urban Villages San Marcos

Upcoming elements at North City include more housing, offices and retail elements. The apartment building anchoring Block C, shown here, opened earlier this year. Rendering courtesy of Urban Villages San Marcos

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Pima Medical Institute plans to begin classes in October, in a new local campus at North City that is nearing completion. Rendering courtesy of Urban Villages San Marcos

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New arrivals at North City in San Marcos include Urge Gastropub & Common House, which opened in April in a renovated former industrial building. It includes a brewery-restaurant and an on-site bowling alley. Photo courtesy of Urban Villages San Marcos

— More than 25 years after the opening of California State University San Marcos, the city is now seeing elements of a long-sought “college town’’ come together near state Route 78...

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