New Carmel Valley village breaks ground

Developers promise a "Little Italy" feel

Construction is underway on a new community project coming to the Carmel Valley neighborhood of north San Diego County.

The 24-acre community, called the “Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch”, will sit north of State Route 56, east of Carmel Valley Road and north of Del Mar Heights Road. It will be located near Canyon Crest Academy. The urban town center will be designed to look much like that of Little Italy. 10News obtained artist renderings Wednesday.

"It's really going to be a place to come, stay and hang out; not just get in your car and get your stuff and then go back out,” said Manjeet Ranu of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board. “This is going to be a place to dwell.”

It is also slated to include the first Trader Joe's in the area.

"It's going to provide all the basics of daily neighborhood living with Trader Joe's as a key anchor. They're probably going to have a drug store here as well and restaurants." Ranu said.

It will consist of 331 multi-family units, a city library and 160,000 square feet of retail space.

"We're going to have a brand new shopping center, fully developed, instead of just one tiny store, and it's because of the work of the community." San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner said.

A football-sized field called Village Square will sit at the heart of the community.

Like in many San Diego neighborhoods, guests will be greeted by a large arch at the entrance.  That will lead to the walkable main street.

"And from that, (there) is going to be this grassy linear park all the way back across the site,” Ranu said. “And there's gonna be buildings on either side. It's actually going to feel a lot like Little Italy.”

The village is expected to be complete by early next year.

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