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Exciting new tenants are coming to Merge Carmel Valley — including The Barrel Room wine bar, an artisan coffee shop and high-end hair and nail salons. The mixed-use center is uniquely modern atop Carmel Country Road and Carmel Mountain Road, utilizing lots of large glass windows, a mix of stone and wood details and a flat roof. There are trellises over the wide sidewalk spaces on Carmel Mountain Road, where the restaurant and coffee shop will be able to spill out into landscaped patios.
The Robert Green Company and Zephyr will hold community events about the parcel of land overlooking North Beach in Del Mar at the corner of Camino Del Mar and Border Avenue on two consecutive Saturdays, May 6 and May 13, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Residents and community members are invited to attend any time between those hours to visit one-on-one with developers, architects, planning experts and others to learn about the project and provide ideas and input.
As Patricia Brutten peers out from the terrace atop the Del Mar Plaza, the afternoon sun carving its arc down through the panoramic Pacific views, she can’t help but lament the near emptiness engulfing her, a quietude barely bothered by the slow trickle of arrivals to Il Fornaio for a Friday happy hour. The scene is stark in its contrast to the bustling days she recalls after the plaza’s opening in 1989, when the three-level center was the heart of commerce along Camino Del Mar, a short walk for Brutten and her neighbors to meet all of their shopping needs. Now, three years after moving back to Del Mar, she and her developer husband Marc are taking on the task of restoring the plaza to its former grandeur.
RAF Pacifica Group of Encinitas has acquired a commercial land parcel in Solana Beach for $5.5 million, with plans for a $21 million mixed-use development. A company statement said the developer purchased a 40,000-square-foot entitled land parcel at 330 S. Cedros Ave., which previously housed Cedros Gardens. The parcel, within the city’s Cedros Design District, was acquired from an undisclosed private owner.