Sunset Cliffs and Voltaire – Plaza Construction Takes Off

by on April 22, 2015 · 14 comments

in Economy, Environment, History, Ocean Beach

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter months – and even years – of delays the construction at the intersection of Voltaire Street and Sunset Cliffs has taken off.  Over the last few days, the steel has arrived. I-beams and cross-beams have been installed – and you can now see the basic shape of the building.

It’s Sunset Plaza – coming to the busy intersection – thanks to World Oil, the owner of the lot.

Over the years, World Oil, had made numerous attempts to bring a gas station to the corner, but the concept had been opposed by the community. Several large town hall meetings at the OB Rec Center were held on the gas station with hundreds in attendance coming out vocally against it; the OB Planning Board opposed it a number of times; and the city determined that the lot wasn’t large enough for the station.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinally, World Oil changed its plans. It bought the lot next door and torn down the old Dover Plumbing building – giving them more room and moved on constructing a 2-story commercial building. After the corporation toned down the outlandish original design, they won approval for Sunset Plaza.

The 2008 recession cooled the process down, but the lot has seen some activity over the last few months.

OB Voltaire 4-21-15 Old design

World Oil’s original design of Sunset Plaza.

Then this week a crane was brought in – and – boom! – the plaza has definitely taken its shape as one of the largest buildings on Voltaire Street.  One can now get a sense of the impact on that intersection and even this part of OB that the new building and its business tenants will have.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are rumors that the vegetarian restaurant Evolution will be moving in downstairs – but our calls to the business have not been answered.

There’s an interesting history behind this particular corner lot. It’s been OB’s “corner of contention“. Once a gas station, it became a recycling center, then a guerrilla community garden – and then for years, a fenced-in, ugly vacate yard collecting campaign signs and trash.

This is all more sign of the post-Great Recession construction blitz coming down in OB and the surrounding beach area.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie April 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Here is the lease info in case anyone is interested in opening there business at this location…….


Debbie April 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

I meant ….”their” not there!


Matt Briggs April 22, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Makes me wish I went to the Planning Board meetings to support a new gas station… What a shame.

P.L.A.N.! Prevent Los Angelesation Now! Oh no, it’s too late.



objamie April 22, 2015 at 9:44 pm

*Vacant not vacate.

Huge eyesore. Take a look at “Famosa” at Catalina and Voltaire and get ready for the 3x more they are building too. Voltaire will look like Garnet before long.


Debbie April 23, 2015 at 9:56 am

I am not for big and bulky and increase traffice but have to say that what is on Voltaire right now is nothing to be proud of…..a vacant Domino’s building, some crappy fencing, an old restaurant that has tons of weeds in the front, a cottage once as a home that is run down….hopefully there will some restaurants and shops that the neighbors can walk to and enjoy.


Spencer Kerrigan April 23, 2015 at 8:37 am

We as the brokerage team and the ownership hope that OB embraces the new building and the new tenant, Evolution Fast Food. Evolution just signed a long term lease on the entire ground floor plus the patio area. Evolution is a 100% Vegan concept our of Hillcrest that should be an excellent addition to the OB Community.

We have 2,915 SF of second floor space still available here. For any leasing inquiries please contact me.

Spencer Kerrigan
Voit Real Estate Services
(858) 453-0505


Judy Collier April 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Does Ocean Beach ever get any money for civic projects out of these development efforts ? Are developers charged any fees? If yes, where does the money go? If no, why not?


Jason April 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Judy, the property tax bill will increase significantly because the current improvement portion of the tax bill is zero. Once the building is complete the the tax bill will rise by about $10K/year.

Here’s a break down of San Diego property tax allocations:


OB1 April 23, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Of course not Judy! This is ‘survival of the fittest’ capitalism community be damned!
2.015 $an Diego …the rest can $tarve!


Lori April 25, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Who would I inquire about the alley way access? Our home is on the alley and we are concerned about traffic in the alley. Hoping that there will be only access from sunset cliffs and Voltaire streets.


Frank Gormlie April 26, 2015 at 2:24 pm

First stop, your councilwoman’s office – Lorie Zapf 236-6622


Christo April 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

How was the alley access when Regan Recycling was there?


Lori April 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Not sure about alley access when recycling was there we actually lived across Voltaire in the Jack In The Box house. It was loud.


nostalgic April 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Where are the +/- 24 parking spaces listed in the Voit plan? Where is the entrance? Should be on the plans.


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