New La Costa Shopping Center Underway

La Costa Town Square will consist 253,800 square feet of retail space, including a Vons grocery store, a drug store, restaurants, shops, banks, a gas station, 63 single-family detached homes, and two office buildings.

The developer of La Costa Town Square, a combined commercial, office and residential project at Rancho Santa Fe Road and La Costa Avenue, has begun preparing the 83-acre site for grading.

The owner, Property Development Centers, a Safeway company, is beginning grading the property and installing utility lines in December, with construction expected to begin in mid-2013. The center is scheduled to open mid-2014. 

La Costa Town Square will consist 253,800 square feet of retail space, including a Vons grocery store, a drug store, restaurants, shops, banks, a gas station with car wash and small kiosks. It also will include 63 single-family, detached residences and two office buildings consisting of a total of 50,000 square feet. 

The project will feature a main-street feel with a clock tower and open-air plazas that can be used as community gathering places. The project, which has been compared to the popular Forum shopping center in South Carlsbad, is also designed to be easily accessible to surrounding neighborhoods with new sidewalks, trails and bikeways. 

Traffic to be generated by the project was accounted for when Rancho Santa Fe Road was widened and realigned several years ago. The developer has committed to pay $9.5 million in traffic fees, much of which would go toward street improvements, new traffic signals and synchronizing signals to improve traffic flow in the area.The city’s General Plan has designated the project site for commercial and residential uses since the early 1970s as part of the La Costa Master Plan.

The General Plan sets out a long-range vision and comprehensive policy framework for how the city should plan for projected growth and development and provide public services. The City Council placed restrictions on the project when it was approved in 2009, to eliminate the possibility of certain mass retailers moving into the center.

The developer estimates that the project will generate almost $1 million in new yearly sales tax revenues for the City of Carlsbad’s general fund, which pays for such basic city services as police and fire protection, library services and parks.

–City of Carlsbad

allthatca January 30, 2013 at 05:09 PM
It really IS a shame but there is ONE positive to this...that North County Animal Shelter next door will FINALLY get some high profile exposure (I hope)....NOBODY knows that shelter is over there and dogs and cats are killed every day in every shelter due to over crowding. At least all the throngs of cars and people descending on the shopping center will SEE the shelter and consider adopting??
allthatca January 30, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Sorry I thought this was the huge shopping complex going in at Palomar Airport Rd. and El Camino Real :)
Kristopher May 09, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Do we have any retail listing that are available for rent in this underway shopping center?
BlueAngel2 May 09, 2013 at 07:20 AM
Happy this is coming to this area. It will be a wonderful addition and will save those in the surrounding neighborhoods from having to drive on El Camino Real which is overly congested.
Frank Caliendo September 22, 2013 at 02:42 PM
It' going to be a blood bath on La Costa Oaks real estate prices. Other neighborhoods should be a net positive. Just La Costa Oaks will be greatly impacted by traffic, crime and overall security concerns. Where there is shopping there is crime. Also this shopping center will pull not only people from the El Camino Real/Encinitas area but ALSO from San Marcos! Now is a good time to sell if you are in the oaks because prices are not impacted as of yet... once the opening happens it will be a different ball game.


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