San Diego intends to throw its hat in the ring for Amazon’s HQ2 – a second headquarters location for the Seattle e-commerce giant that could eventually employ 50,000 workers. City officials confirmed that they plan to respond to Amazon’s unusual request for proposals for a $5 billion second headquarters campus by the Oct. 19 deadline. “San Diego has the geographic proximity to international markets, unparalleled quality of life and workforce talent that companies like Amazon are looking for, so Mayor (Kevin) Faulconer’s office has directed the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. to coordinate a regional response,” said Matt Awbrey, Faulconer's Deputy Chief of Staff, in a statement.
An affiliate of Los Angeles-based homebuilder KB Home has acquired a 3.47-acre land parcel in San Diego’s Pacific Highlands Ranch community for $9.73 million, with plans to develop 69 townhomes, according to brokerage firm Colliers International Group Inc. The seller of the property, on the north side of Village Center Loop Road near state Route 56, was Pacific Carmel AFG LLC of San Diego. Brokers said KB Home Coastal, an entity of KB Home, plans to begin construction on the upscale for-sale townhomes before the end of 2017. The site is adjacent to The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, a retail center serving the growing master-planned community within Carmel Valley.
Council members at the June 19 meeting approved the use of a specific plan for the development of an approximately 16-acre oceanfront parcel above North Beach. Robert Green Company and Zephyr Partners, two Encinitas-based developers, are planning to transform the residential property into a bluff-top resort that will include branded villas, restaurants, meeting space, a public access park and walking trails. The Lazier family that owns the property at 929 Border Ave. was in the process of subdividing its 6.2 acres into five single-family residential lots.