With shovels to the ground, construction launched Monday on a new “innovation district” in downtown San Diego that aims to transform into a tech and employment hub.
City leaders, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman Todd Gloria, took part in a ceremonial dig to mark the first phase of construction this year on the future site of the Broadstone Makers Quarter at 16th Avenue and Broadway in the East Village.
The Makers Quarter, a project many years in the making, is a mixed-use site developed by Alliance Residential Company that will ultimately feature 175,000-square-feet of retail space and restaurants, one million-square-feet of office space, 800 residential units and 60,000-square-feet of open public space, parks and public art.
The goal is for the space to become a hub for local entrepreneurs, artists and residents, and a gathering ground for community events.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Faulconer touted the Makers Quarter as a key factor in the continued improvement and revitalization of downtown San Diego.
“Great things are happening in San Diego and people from across the country are recognizing that,” said the mayor. “2016 is shaping up to be one of our best years yet with the development of Broadstone Makers Quarter excitingly underway.”
Faulconer said innovation is at the forefront of San Diego’s strong economy. He said Makers Quarter is a much-needed space to help drive ideas, creativity and continued innovation in the city.
Monday’s event was the first in a series of groundbreaking ceremonies expected at the Makers Quarter site over the next several months. To learn more about the project, visit this website.