Closed downtown Quartyard could return this year

Closed downtown Quartyard could return this year
Posted at 5:41 PM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-09 10:07:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Going out downtown can cost a lot of money, and until now, San Diegans could rely on a public space called the Quartyard in the East Village.

Quartyard visitors could listen to live music, have a beer, go to food trucks and let their dog off the leash.

That area, on Park Boulevard and Market Street, is now gone to make way for a 34-story mixed-use project.

"It was a pretty cool place. It's fun, nice open area, go have a beer listen to some music, it's not too bad," said Andrew Masiello, who lives in the East Village.

While the Quartyard is now gone, it could be coming back later this year in a lot a block away called Quartyard II.

Radlab, the company that operates Quartyard, is eyeing an undeveloped piece of land at 13th and Market. It wants to put all the same comforts on the 12,000 square-foot lot -- about half the size of the first Quartyard. Again, it would be until a new developmer comes in.

Peter Richter, one of the leasing managers at the 13th and Market apartment building across the street, said most of the residents are excited.

"The only concern that could possibly, in my opinion, come up would be a noise concern, but there's a noise ordinance where they wouldn’t be playing late music," he said.

Even so, Masiello said it beats the alternative.

"It's better than an open, empty lot no one is using," he said.

For the time being, there are two of them a block from each other.

Civic San Diego is planning to hold an administrative hearing where it could approve the new Quartyard.

A date for the hearing has not been set.