Horton Plaza’s Replacement Moves Forward

by on May 6, 2019 · 6 comments

in San Diego

Rendering of proposed Horton Plaza redevelopment (Courtesy Stockdale Capital Partners)

By Antonio Pacheco /Architectures Newspaper /April 29, 2019

A preliminary plan to transform the Jon Jerde–designed Horton Plaza Mall complex in San Diego has taken several steps forward in recent weeks as developer Stockdale Capital Partners detailed plans to reconfigure the dazzling postmodern shopping mall into a mixed-use technology campus.

In mid-April, San Diego’s economic development committee unanimously supported a change of deed request made by the developers to reduce the amount of retail space that must be included in the development. Currently, guidelines require that at least 700,000 square feet of retail spaces be provided on the site, a figure the developer seeks to slash in half. In exchange for the reduction, the developer would build a 772,000-square-foot tech office campus on top of a 300,000-square-foot retail podium.

The plan, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported, would require Stockdale to take responsibility for a city-owned park located on the site, as well.

A recent batch of renderings unveiled for the new complex depicts glass curtainwall facades and dark metal structural elements. A mix of indoor-outdoor spaces and ground level shops, gyms, and restaurants would serve up to 4,000 tech workers who could be located on the site.

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Avatar zz May 6, 2019 at 1:19 pm

I like it! Horton Plaza’s top level is about half empty anyway, and online shopping has reduced the city’s need for retail space.

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Avatar Geoff Page May 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm

That looks like crap, I sure hope they come up with something better than that.

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Avatar OB Dude May 6, 2019 at 2:06 pm

People who like downtown will probably go for the design. Heck, who ever is paying the bill gets to pick the design. Can’t tell people what kind of clothes to wear right?

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Avatar Geoff Page May 8, 2019 at 4:38 pm

I wasn’t telling them what kind of clothes to wear, I was just saying they looked like shit.

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Avatar Keith M May 7, 2019 at 9:22 am

The three story tall VALET sign is overkill.

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Avatar kh May 7, 2019 at 11:12 am

Conceptual drawing is inaccurate, it needs 126 scooters piled around it.

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