Development “a model for suburban growth” in San Diego


Crews will break ground in February on a 70-acre housing and retail project near Rancho Peñasquitos that San Diego officials have called a new model for suburban development in the city.

Merge 56 will be a densely built, walk-able community with an urban vibe.

The project, located along the south side of state Route 56, is slated to include 242 residential units, six-story office buildings, retail shops, a hotel and a movie theater.

Merge 56 had been delayed nearly two years by an environmental lawsuit filed by a labor union that wanted more union-friendly hiring policies for the construction workers who would build the new community. A legal settlement was reached to allow the project to proceed.

Located between Interstates 5 and 15, it will be built on mostly vacant land adjacent to the biologically protected Del Mar Mesa Preserve and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge. The developer will complete the extension of Camino Del Sur to Park Village Road and an extension of Carmel Mountain Road.

It is a dense mixed-use project that has widespread community support, passed the council unanimously and provides much needed middle-class housing units.

Merge 56 takes advantage of new rules implemented to lower costs and speed up the construction of affordable housing and it has been described as a new urban model for suburban development.

Merge 56 was unanimously endorsed by the Rancho Peñasquitos Community Planning Group and the San Diego Planning Commission.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

I accept the Privacy Policy

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.