San Diego City Council Gives Final OK to One Paseo Project in Carmel Valley

The San Diego City Council gave the controversial One Paseo project their final stamp of approval Monday.

A final vote on the 23.6-acre mixed-use development project in Carmel Valley went before the council on Monday afternoon.

The One Paseo Project includes the construction of stores and eateries, the expansion of a movie theater and the addition of more than 600 family apartments and a parking structure in Carmel Valley.

The council gave their initial OK to the plan in late February, though they did say developer Kilroy Realty must add 60 affordable housing units and a synchronized traffic system. Council President Sherri Lightner and Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald were the dissenting votes.

The San Diego Planning Commission approved the proposal for the $750 million, 1.4 million square-foot, mixed-use village slated for the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real.

The panel agreed to the plan on the condition that developer Kilroy Realty agreed to make 11 changes to the master plan.

Hundreds of people showed up to hear the debate at council chambers on Feb. 23 -- so many that Golden Hall had to be used as an overflow area. About 600 people signed up to speak on the issue, many wearing red shirts to show their opposition to One Paseo.

The Carmel Valley Planning Board voted against the current proposal but its members have said they support a smaller version of the plan.

Opponents say the project is too big and would create a traffic nightmare.

If all goes as planned, Kilroy Realty will break ground by the end of the year. Its completion date is set for 2018. 

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