Future of La Mesa in 3D: Simulation Envisions Grossmont Center [Video]

A conceptual video paid for by SANDAG to envision what Grossmont Center could look like in the future.
A conceptual video paid for by SANDAG to envision what Grossmont Center could look like in the future.
Imagine Grossmont Center was more than a mall. Imagine it had parks, city streets, places to gather and felt more like its own neighborhood.

Imagine it was a mini metropolis.

That's the idea behind a 3D simulation created with funding from the San Diego Association of Governments or SANDAG.

The planning agency encourages "smart growth," the development of high density housing, mixed-use buildings and pedestrian-friendly streets near a sound public transportation infrastructure.

Last fall Rainbow Investments, the company that owns the Grossmont Center property, announced plans to take control of the property in 2015 when a lease with a Chicago based company who has run the mall for decades expires.

About 150 individual businesses on the land will be allowed to renew their leases until 2020, San Diego Daily Transcript reported.

Exact plans for the future of the Grossmont Center property have not yet been shared with the public.

What do you want to see develop at Grossmont Center? Share in comments.
yessir January 12, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Because Otay ranch towne center is such a smash and Grossmont is overflowing with shoppers. After 5 years of construction and 10 years talking, seeing, reading, complaining about this. The future is bright in the name of something .....new ? Bland.
Things I Learned January 13, 2014 at 12:05 AM
This 3D presentation is a totally smart way to spend tax money and is not wasteful at all because the people who are smart enough to own Grossmont Center aren't smart enough to make money unless SANDAG tells them how to and besides how many golf retreats can they have anyway hahahahahahha trick question don't answer that?
Jimmy Sanders January 13, 2014 at 01:19 AM
Where is Truman?
Scott H. Kidwell January 13, 2014 at 09:18 AM
SANDAG had a $1.6 billion budget in 2012 and may be the largest shadow agency in San Diego County. Have you ever voted for anyone to run it? No you haven't. It's run by appointed officials. Here in La Mesa, the city council appoints one of their own after discussing it for maybe 2-3 minutes. They get from $100 to $150 per meeting attended and one local has averaged over $4,500 per year in meeting stipends over the last 10 years for this group alone.
Jude Carson January 13, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Hate everything about it. Just get some upscale stores in the mall and more security.
Kevin George January 13, 2014 at 04:13 PM
Kevin George January 13, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Looks familiar. http://www.parkstationlamesa.com/
Things I Learned January 13, 2014 at 07:21 PM
Swimmer John January 14, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Wow, is it just La Mesa with all the grumpy people or is our country really this pessimistic? I LOVE the concept, and that is all they are trying to show is A concept. And if it revives an economic anchor of La Mesa and solves some of the traffic issues up there why wouldn't everyone like it. Oh yeah, because some are only into bashing. Some other observations on the above: Otay Ranch got hammered by the Great Recession just like everyone else. In a few more years after we shake off the dust Eastern Chula Vista will be active again. And we did vote for the SANDAG board, both in Council elections and the Board of Supervisors. And lastly, maybe they will finally put the hotel there instead of trying to squeeze it into the Kitzman property on El Cajon and Baltimore where they think it needs to be 18 stories high and be REALLY something to complain about.
Scott H. Kidwell January 14, 2014 at 04:59 PM
SJ, There is no direct citizen vote for the SANDAG Board of directors. We elect people who appoint one of their own.
Kevin George January 15, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Shake off the dust? Right after they clear these 580 foreclosures from the books in CV everything will be fine. http://www.realtytrac.com/mapsearch/ca/chula-vista-foreclosures.html/p-2?sortbyfield=featured,desc
Kevin George January 15, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Hey Swimmer John, they shrunk the 18 stories for you. http://scoopsandiego.com/la_mesa_courier/la-mesa-s-park-station-project-gets-a-new-look/article_49b1d54e-7e32-11e3-8c39-001a4bcf6878.html


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