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Kaiser Permanente opens new medical center in San Marcos

After nearly 3 years of construction, the new Kaiser Permanente San Marcos Medical Center will open to patients on August 9. The 7-story, 433,000-square-foot facility expands access to award-winning health care for Kaiser Permanente’s 636,000 members in San Diego County.Located in the heart of San Marcos, California, the new facility adds a third medical center in Kaiser Permanente’s San Die...

After nearly 3 years of construction, the new Kaiser Permanente San Marcos Medical Center will open to patients on August 9. The 7-story, 433,000-square-foot facility expands access to award-winning health care for Kaiser Permanente’s 636,000 members in San Diego County.

Located in the heart of San Marcos, California, the new facility adds a third medical center in Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego service area, complementing San Diego Medical Center and Zion Medical Center. It also brings Kaiser Permanente’s number of hospitals in Southern California to 16.

“We are thrilled to add another new hospital to support our rapidly growing membership in north San Diego County,” said Michelle Gaskill-Hames, interim president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of Southern California and Hawaii. “San Marcos Medical Center brings our evidence-based medical care, delivered through a facility nationally recognized for its environmental stewardship. With leading-edge technology, our team of physicians, nurses, and staff are dedicated to delivering exceptional medical quality and care experience.”

Dedicated to an ‘unparalleled patient care experience’

“San Marcos Medical Center was designed from a patient-centered, holistic point of view,” said Ramin Davidoff, MD, executive medical director of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and co-chief executive officer of The Permanente Federation. “This beautiful new hospital incorporates the latest innovations and proven techniques that improve outcomes and make the patient care experience safer, more effective, and more convenient. It is a wonderful facility for our physicians and staff to deliver care, and for our patients to receive care.”

San Marcos Medical Center features a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department with 39 private treatment areas, 8 operating rooms, and capacity for 206 single interactive patient rooms. It offers several new state-of-the-art technologies to support the highest quality care and an enhanced patient experience.

Specialty services include an intensive care unit, interventional radiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, urology, nephrology, orthopedics, a robotic surgery program, maternal child health services, and a neonatal intensive care unit.

“With nearly 1 in 5 San Diegans entrusting their care to Kaiser Permanente, our new hospital allows us to continue to bring access to quality health care where, when, and how our patients want it,” said Michael Lalich, MD, area medical director and chief of staff for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego.

Patient rooms at San Marcos Medical Center have a 65-inch flatscreen display that gives patients bedside access to on-demand education, room controls, room service, the internet, and entertainment. An integrated video visit platform allows physicians to virtually check on their patients as needed. Each room is also equipped with a special lighting system that mimics the natural rhythms of daylight, a feature that improves health and well-being.

The campus offers patients and visitors various spaces to find quiet and respite, such as a healing garden, meditation room, and landscaped walking paths.

“Every design and planning decision we have made since breaking ground on this medical center has been guided by providing an unparalleled patient care experience,” said Jane Finley, senior vice president and area manager of the Kaiser Permanente San Diego service area. “Every patient will benefit from cutting-edge medical technologies, our integrated model of expert care, and, most importantly, personal service.”

At the forefront of green building design

Continuing Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding commitment to sustainability, the new hospital earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This makes San Marcos Medical Center just the third hospital in California to achieve Platinum status.

The building uses cutting-edge technologies to produce its own electricity, heat, and cooling. Native plants and an efficient drip irrigation system help save 400,000 gallons of water each month — the equivalent of what is used monthly by 1,000 homes.

Flooring, insulation, and furniture made of low-emitting materials improve indoor air quality.

Supporting the San Marcos community

At its opening, San Marcos Medical Center will provide more than 1,000 permanent new jobs, helping boost the economic vitality of northern San Diego County. The hospital also features installations from 18 local artists whose works were inspired by the surrounding hillsides and ocean vistas.

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10 Reasons to Move to San Marcos, CA, and Why You’ll Love Living There

San Marcos, CA, is a charming and picturesque city known for its beautiful natural surroundings, thriving brewery scene, and rich history in Southern California. Life in San Marcos is characterized by outdoor adventures, nights out on the town, and a strong sense of community that attracts people from all around the state.Whether you’re looking on Redfin to ...

San Marcos, CA, is a charming and picturesque city known for its beautiful natural surroundings, thriving brewery scene, and rich history in Southern California. Life in San Marcos is characterized by outdoor adventures, nights out on the town, and a strong sense of community that attracts people from all around the state.

Whether you’re looking on Redfin to buy a house or rent an apartment in San Marcos, here are all the reasons why San Marcos is quickly becoming one of the most sought after housing markets in Southern California, and why you’ll love living there.

1. Outdoor recreation opportunities

One of the unique features of San Marcos is its location in close proximity to several popular outdoor destinations in Southern California. San Marcos is a great place to live for those who love outdoor recreation. For example, the city is just a short drive away from the beach communities of Carlsbad and Encinitas, where residents can enjoy swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. San Marcos is also located near several state parks and natural reserves, including Torrey Pines State Reserve, which features hiking trails and stunning ocean views.Other outdoor recreation opportunities in San Marcos include Lake San Marcos, which offers boating and fishing, and the nearby San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which features a variety of wildlife exhibits and educational programs.

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San Marcos’ education system emphasizes on career technical education (CTE). The city has partnered with local businesses and industry leaders to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in fields such as healthcare, engineering, and information technology. This approach to education helps prepare students for success in the workforce and is a key reason why San Marcos is considered a great place to live. The San Marcos Unified School District serves students in the area and has received high marks for academic achievement and student engagement.

3. Great shopping and dining options

San Marcos has a variety of shopping centers and local restaurant options to choose from. The city is home to the popular San Marcos Grand Plaza, which features a mix of retailers and restaurants. In addition, there are several other shopping centers throughout the city, including the Nordahl Marketplace and the San Marcos Town Center. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual meal or a fine dining experience, San Marcos always has something to bring to the table.

4. Access to quality healthcare

San Marcos is home to several highly known healthcare facilities, including Palomar Health Medical Center and Scripps Coastal Medical Center. With a focus on patient-centered care and advanced medical technology, these facilities offer comprehensive healthcare services to residents of San Marcos and the surrounding areas. Whether you need routine medical care or specialized treatment, you can trust that you’ll receive top-notch care in San Marcos.

5. Big brewery scene

San Marcos’ thriving brewery scene has made it a hub for craft beer enthusiasts. Breweries such as Rip Current Brewing, Mason Ale Works, and Dos Desperados Brewery have won national awards for their beers and offer a wide variety of brews. For example, Rip Current Brewing’s Breakline Bock won a gold medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, while Mason Ale Works features a stylish tasting room and upscale pub fare. They also host events and food trucks, making them popular among locals and tourists. The city’s brewery scene is just one of the many reasons why San Marcos is a great place to live.

6. Rich history

San Marcos has a rich history that dates back to the early 1800s, when it was a ranching community. The city’s architecture and landmarks are reminders of this history, including the historic Rancho de Los Quiotes, which was built in 1840 and is one of the oldest buildings in the area. The city also has a historical museum, which houses exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of San Marcos’ past. Visitors can explore the museum’s collection of artifacts, including old photographs, documents, and tools used by early settlers. Additionally, the city hosts historical walking tours that showcase the rich history of the area.

7. Strong agricultural scene

San Marcos has a strong agricultural heritage, with many farms and orchards still in operation today. This gives residents the opportunity to buy fresh, locally grown produce and support small, local businesses. The city hosts a weekly farmers market, where visitors can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and other locally made products. Additionally, the city’s vineyards and wineries offer tours and tastings, giving residents a chance to learn about the winemaking process and sample locally made wines.

8. Vocational climate

San Marcos enjoys a mild climate year-round, with an average temperature of 71 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes it a great place to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, golfing, among many other fun things to do outdoors. The city has several golf courses, including the beautiful Lake San Marcos Executive Golf Course, which features stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The city’s mild weather also makes it an ideal location for those who want to enjoy an active lifestyle in a comfortable climate.

9. Community events

San Marcos hosts a range of cultural events throughout the year, including concerts, art exhibitions, and food festivals. The city’s annual Spring Festival, held in April, features live music, carnival rides, and food vendors. In the summer, the city hosts the San Marcos Summer Music Fest, which showcases local musicians and bands.

To get all the latest news and details on these events check out San Marcos’ Community Event Calendar. The city also has a thriving arts scene, with several galleries and studios that showcase the work of local artists. The city’s ArtWalk, held in the fall, is a popular event that showcases the work of local artists and provides an opportunity for visitors to purchase original artwork.

10. Sustainable lifestyle

San Marcos has a strong commitment to sustainability and green living. The city has implemented numerous environmental programs to promote sustainability, such as offering rebates for installing solar panels, encouraging residents to use public transportation, and implementing water conservation measures. The city also hosts events and workshops to educate residents on sustainable living practices, such as composting and reducing waste. For those who prioritize living a sustainable lifestyle, San Marcos offers a welcoming community with a strong emphasis on environmental responsibility.

If you are represented by an agent, this is not a solicitation of your business. This article is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice from a medical provider, licensed attorney, financial advisor, or tax professional. Consumers should independently verify any agency or service mentioned will meet their needs. Learn more about our Editorial Guidelines here.

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San Marcos council greenlights Restaurant Row project

SAN MARCOS — A mixed-use project planned for the historic Old California Restaurant Row site is moving forward with unanimous approval from the San Marcos City Council, just one month after a rough start with the Planning Commission.First introduced last fall and designed by Lennar Homes, the project includes plans for 202 housing units, over 10,000 square feet of commercial sp...

SAN MARCOS — A mixed-use project planned for the historic Old California Restaurant Row site is moving forward with unanimous approval from the San Marcos City Council, just one month after a rough start with the Planning Commission.

First introduced last fall and designed by Lennar Homes, the project includes plans for 202 housing units, over 10,000 square feet of commercial space, and a 1.5-acre park with a skate park and pickleball courts at the site along West San Marcos Boulevard.

The once-thriving dining and entertainment hub, established by the Eubanks family in the 1970s, has seen a steady decline, with the pandemic killing many businesses and several leases not renewed, leaving the site all but empty. The land was sold to San Marcos Restaurant Row LLC in 2020.

Mayor Rebecca Jones admitted during the council’s Dec. 12 meeting that she was initially concerned about the project erasing the legacy of the beloved site, but that seeing Lennar engage the community in the planning process and commit to preserving elements of the Row’s original design alleviated her fears.

“If someone tried to come and pretend Restaurant Row never happened, that would change our community. The fact that you listened but also responded was really important to our community. Kudos for that,” Jones said. “I think that this will end up being something really good for our city.”

Council members’ approval went against the Planning Commission’s recommendation in early November, which advised the council not to approve the project. At the time, the commission indicated a litany of concerns about inadequate parking on site and the project’s potential violations of private agreements with neighboring businesses.

Specifically, owners of neighboring restaurants Cocina Del Charro and Fish House Vera Cruz said the project as planned would infringe upon easements granted to them via private agreements with the Eubanks family in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lennar Division President Ryan Green told the council that in the month since the commission hearing, they added 17 parking spaces onsite for a total of 518 and that they reached an agreement with Cocina del Charro about their parking.

Discussions with Fish House owners about its easement are ongoing.

“The Planning Commission vote was a shock to us,” Green said. “But we didn’t rest on our laurels, and we heard what they asked of us.”

John Butler, co-owner of Fish House, said he has yet to come to a solution with Lennar. Butler claimed that the planned site of the park will eliminate 36 parking spaces granted to Fish House that are not permitted for general public use.

“Approval of the project as designed, and specifically the location of the park, is, in our view, a taking of property without fair compensation,” Butler said.

City staff and attorneys for the project said no documentation has been produced identifying the exact location of the 36 parking spaces and that the project would still allow the joint sharing of parking spaces between the project site, the Sears/movie theater property to the west and the eastern portion of Restaurant Row housing Fish House, Cocina Del Charro and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Councilmember Sharon Jenkins said she would have liked to see Lennar engage the neighboring businesses earlier in the process.

“I wish you had worked as hard before the Planning Commission happened as you did after… because I think that would have taken a lot of angst away from any people,” Jenkins said

Apart from Butler and his attorney, the remaining 15 public speakers made comments in support of the project at the meeting. Resident Becky Garrett said the city desperately needs the pickleball courts the project will provide, and 11-year-old Sierra Nevada said she would look forward to visiting the park.

“I love to play outside and roller skate and skateboard,” Nevada said. “I think you should vote yes.”

All housing units will be market rate, and the developer will pay an in-lieu fee to the city rather than providing affordable housing onsite. Councilmember Maria Nuñez said she was disappointed by the lack of affordable units but otherwise supported the project.

While the new Restaurant Row project plans to have eateries in the commercial space, they will be around 1,000 to 3,000 square feet, much smaller than the traditional sit-down restaurants that have been at the site.

Green said Lennar still has to choose tenants for the space, stating that “we want local, we want organic, we want eccentric.” However, they have promised a spot to Ascend Coffee Roasters (formerly Old California Coffee Company), which currently operates at the southwestern edge of Restaurant Row.

Council members said they hope the project will also lead to further positive development along West San Marcos Boulevard, including at the neighboring lot housing the movie theater.

“It’s going to be a starting point for sprinkling some life along the boulevard,” Councilmember Mike Sannella said.

11 Fun Facts About San Marcos, CA How Well Do You Know Your City?

San Marcos, CA, has become a highly sought-after destination in the past decade, thanks to its stunning natural landscapes and laid back culture. It’s no wonder that many people are migrating to this Southern California gem. In fact, data from Redfin’s San Marc...

San Marcos, CA, has become a highly sought-after destination in the past decade, thanks to its stunning natural landscapes and laid back culture. It’s no wonder that many people are migrating to this Southern California gem. In fact, data from Redfin’s San Marcos housing market report shows that the city is a high demand market, drawing in a diverse range of residents seeking to buy or rent property in the area. With several fun and unique attractions that set it apart from other cities in the region, there are many reasons to consider living in San Marcos. Let’s explore some interesting facts about San Marcos that may just inspire you to move and discover all this wonderful city has to offer.

1. San Marcos is a Gateway to Southern California’s Wine Country

San Marcos, California serves as a gateway to Sunshine Mountain Wines, one of the top wineries in North County San Diego. Within a short drive from the city, visitors can indulge in the delightful experience of wine tastings and events at Sunshine Mountain Wines. The winery’s picturesque setting and scenic surroundings captivate both locals and tourists alike. With San Diego County being home to over 100 wineries, it has earned the reputation of Southern California’s renowned “Wine Country.” The region’s Mediterranean-like climate and diverse terroir create an ideal environment for producing exquisite wines that cater to wine enthusiasts of all backgrounds.

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While San Marcos does not have any dedicated professional sports teams, the city is home to the Cal State San Marcos Cougars, whose NCAA Division II athletics program includes 13 sports teams. The university’s sports events draw large crowds of enthusiastic fans, with the men’s and women’s basketball games being particularly popular. In fact, the university’s sports programs have become such a source of pride for the community that locals often refer to the Cougars as the city’s “unofficial” sports team.

3. San Marcos is a hub to explore California’s most popular destinations

San Marcos is an ideal location for those who want to be close to the action of Southern California. Just 35 miles south of San Marcos is San Diego, a popular destination known for its sunny beaches, world-class attractions, and vibrant culture. San Marcos is also just a short drive from Disneyland in Anaheim, which offers thrilling rides and magical experiences. Additionally, the beach cities of Carlsbad and Encinitas are just a few miles west of San Marcos, offering residents easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches in California.

4. You can hike over 63 miles of trail

San Marcos has a vast network of hiking trails that offers a wide range of terrain and scenery. The trails wind through rolling hills, natural preserves, and along picturesque lakes and creeks. One notable trailhead is the Ridgeline Trailhead, offering a thrilling hike with panoramic views along scenic ridges. San Marcos caters to hikers of all levels, providing guided hikes and educational programs to explore local flora and fauna. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, the diverse trail options make San Marcos an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

5. San Marcos is known as the “Valley of Discovery”

San Marcos is home to an abundance of fossils and artifacts that have been found throughout the city, earning it the nickname “Valley of Discovery.” The city’s rich geological history dates back millions of years, with evidence of prehistoric animals such as mammoths, mastodons, and saber-toothed cats that roamed the area. In addition to prehistoric finds, numerous Native American artifacts have been discovered throughout San Marcos, including tools, pottery, and burial sites, providing insight into the city’s early inhabitants.

The most significant discovery was made in 1978 when a construction crew uncovered the remains of a Columbian mammoth, which is now on display at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The city takes great pride in preserving its history and regularly hosts events and activities to showcase these discoveries, including guided tours of archeological sites and exhibits at local museums.

6. Palomar College Arboretum boasts over 50 acres of botanical gardens

The Palomar College Arboretum is a hidden gem in San Marcos, featuring over 50 acres of botanical gardens and a diverse range of plant species from around the world. The arboretum was founded in 1956 and has since been a beloved destination for locals and tourists alike. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful walk through the gardens, which includes themed sections such as the Desert Garden, Australian Garden, and Butterfly Garden. The arboretum also hosts educational programs and events, making it a valuable resource for the community. The best part is that admission to the arboretum is free, making it an accessible and enjoyable experience.

7. Tony Hawk grew up in San Marcos

Tony Hawk, one of the most well-known skateboarders in the world, spent his formative years in San Marcos. He attended San Marcos High School, where he developed his passion for skateboarding. Hawk has credited his upbringing in San Marcos with shaping his life and career. In fact, he has even donated money to the The Skateboard Project, which helps to maintain and improve local skate parks. Today, Hawk remains a beloved figure in the San Marcos community and his legacy continues to inspire young skateboarders in the area.

8. The Double Peak Park has panoramic views of San Marcos

Double Peak Park, which is located at an elevation of 1,646 feet, offers panoramic views of San Marcos and the surrounding areas. On a clear day, visitors can see as far as the Pacific Ocean to the west and the mountains to the east. The park features a hiking trail, picnic areas, a playground, and a large amphitheater for events and performances. The park is named after Double Peak, a distinctive feature of the local landscape that was used as a navigational landmark by early settlers in the region.

9. Grand Fall Festival and Street Faire draws thousands of visitors each year

The Grand Fall Festival and Street Faire in San Marcos is a highly anticipated annual event that takes place in downtown San Marcos. It features a wide range of entertainment options, including live music from local and regional bands, food vendors offering delicious cuisine, and a classic car show that displays some of the most stunning vehicles from across the region. Locals say this is a must attend San Marcos event every year.

In addition to the entertainment options, visitors can browse through a diverse array of booths selling handmade crafts, jewelry, artwork, and other unique items. The festival offers fun activities, such as carnival games, face painting, and a variety of other activities. The festival is known to draw thousands of visitors from all over the region, making it a great opportunity for residents to meet new people and enjoy the community’s vibrant culture.

10. San Marcos has a diverse dining scene

San Marcos is known for its diverse dining scene, offering a variety of options ranging from classic American fare to ethnic cuisine. A must-visit restaurant is Buona Forchetta, where diners can enjoy a classic Italian dinner in a rustic setting. For those looking for other international cuisines, the city offers a range of options such as the Japanese restaurant, Umami, among many others. Whatever your taste buds desire, San Marcos is sure to have a restaurant to satisfy your cravings.

11. San Marcos has an outstanding school district

“In addition to amazing outdoor and dining experiences, San Marcos is also home to the award-winning San Marcos Unified School District,” shares Amy Ventetuolo from the San Marcos Unified School District. “Serving students in San Marcos, Carlsbad, Vista and Escondido, San Marcos Unified offers 19 blue, gold ribbon and California distinguished schools, and is ready to welcome students and families to create lifelong memories. With test scores 20% above state averages, and a graduation rate well above state and national averages at 95%, San Marcos Unified is proud to be one of the top five school districts in San Diego county. When it comes to an educational experience families won’t forget, San Marcos is an amazing destination for an outstanding education.”

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Restaurant Row developer shares new plans; businesses prepare to move

SAN MARCOS — Plans for the mixed-use development at the historic Old California Restaurant Row in San Marcos are taking shape, as existing businesses continue to operate until they either move to new locations or close for good.After purchasing the 10.5-acre property in 2020, company San Marcos Restaurant Row LLC announced plans last fall to develop the site into a new communit...

SAN MARCOS — Plans for the mixed-use development at the historic Old California Restaurant Row in San Marcos are taking shape, as existing businesses continue to operate until they either move to new locations or close for good.

After purchasing the 10.5-acre property in 2020, company San Marcos Restaurant Row LLC announced plans last fall to develop the site into a new community gathering space with 202 housing units, over 10,000 square feet of commercial space and a new 1.5-acre park.

Since the fall, project developer Lennar Homes has held three community workshops to gather feedback regarding project designs. At the most recent June 28 meeting, developers shared updated plans for the project, including detailed designs for a new park.

“This new neighborhood will celebrate the legacy of Old California Restaurant Row by incorporating a mix of outdoor social gathering areas that lead to the new public park, updated dining offerings and a range of housing options that align with the city’s goals for mixed-use development in this location,” said Lennar San Diego Division President Ryan Green. “As a local resident myself, I’m excited and eager to bring the community’s vision to life.”

The new park space will include a skared to as the “rolling plaza” — and pickleball courts, both of which received overwhelming community support at workshops. It will also feature an open space lawn, a small amphitheater, two playgrounds for younger and older children, and two dog parks.

According to plans, the rolling plaza will be open to “wheels of all kinds,” including skateboards, scooters and roller skaters. A skate park specialist will also come on board to guide the final design.

Project construction is roughly planned for next spring. The next step, Tendick said, is for the city to share the project’s mitigated negative declaration, expected sometime this month.

The public will have 30 days to review and comment on the environmental review document. It will be posted on the City of San Marcos website’s planning page.

After that, the project team is aiming to have plans ready for review by the San Marcos Planning Commission by the fall. If approved by the commission, the project would then go to the San Marcos City Council.

As project plans move forward, a small handful of existing businesses within the planned project area are continuing to operate These include Old California Mining Company, The 55 Yardline Sports Bar and Grill, IHOP and Ascend Coffee, formerly known as Old California Coffee Company.

The proposed project area does not include the two buildings on the northeast end of the property or those east of the main restaurant center, including Fish House Vera Cruz, Buffalo Wild Wings, or Cocina Del Charro.

While some are planning to move to new locations, others are planning to close for good in the coming months.

Old California Mining Company will move to a new location at Creekside Marketplace, ideally in the next four or five months, owner Nick Ceko said, and be renamed simply as Mining Company. The business has called Restaurant Row home for the past 26 years.

Ceko said they were hoping to be in the new location by this time but that obtaining all the necessary permits has slowed things down. He was able to secure the new property at 579 Grand Ave, formerly Phil’s BBQ, last fall.

“We got ahead of it and we were able to secure that spot, but it’s taken us a lot longer than we expected,” Ceko said. “It’s been quite an adventure. We’ve kind of persevered through, at the point where we’re gonna start construction hopefully soon.”

Jim Hadly, owner of 55 Yardline, said his business would sadly be closing for good on Aug.18. While he looked at various potential properties where they could relocate, he said the cost to build any of them out as a restaurant would have been too expensive.

“Finally, my wife and I and my business partner, we sat down and said ‘No, we’re gonna close,’” Hadly said. “We’ve been 18 years there, so it’s frustrating.”

Ascend Coffee owner Erin Harper said the business is continuing to operate at their current location on a month-to-month basis, but they are currently in talks about a new lease in San Marcos. They also shared plans earlier this year to expand to a Vista location.

“Our goal is to open a second location and continue to operate out of Restaurant Row for as long as we are able,” Harper said. “We are hoping we still have another year in our home store.”

Landon’s East Meets West, a global fusion restaurant previously located in the same center, closed its doors in March. Thai restaurant King & I of San Marcos did not respond to calls from The Coast News.

In an effort to preserve Restaurant Row’s history, Lennar said the new project will incorporate some of its mission-style design elements, such as aged stucco, Mexican tiles and clay tile roofs. Certain original materials will also be repurposed.

Lennar said the 202 planned units will be separated into three main developments. The Green Court Townhomes will be located near the planned park with 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom options, and the Motor Court Townhomes in the center of the site will feature 2- and 3-bedroom units.

At the south end of the site along West San Marcos Boulevard, the Row Town and Town Over Commercial homes will provide 3-bedroom units located above ground-level commercial retail.

When it comes to parking, developers are relying mostly on shared parking agreements with businesses surrounding the project site, according to plans. The project itself will also provide between 70 and 85 public parking spaces onsite, along with around 400 private spaces for residents.

The design also features three public outdoor spaces along with the new park, as well as green landscaping and pedestrian connections throughout the site.

Information about the Restaurant Row project is available at smrestaurantrow.com. Design materials shared at past workshops are available on the website’s Outreach page.

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