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Real Estate Developer of The Grove in LA Buys 48-Acres in Carlsbad

Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso could use the land he purchased from SDG&E to build a large-scale retail and entertainment center along Cannon Road in Carlsbad.

Editor's Note: The following is taken from a press release by Caruso Affiliated 

Caruso Affiliated announced Thursday that it has signed an agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric purchasing a 48-acre parcel of land to be used for a future development project in Carlsbad. 

The 48-acre parcel sits directly east of the Interstate 5 and abuts the southern edge of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon to the north.

According to a press release from Caruso Affiliated, the company promises to:

"work with the Carlsbad Strawberry Company, Inc. that currently farms on the property, to preserve strawberry and agricultural use along Cannon Road as part of any plan. Caruso Affiliated will also ensure that the neighboring parcel of land that is protected open space will remain as open space. Before building on the land, Caruso Affiliated will consult directly with the Carlsbad community for their input. This community-oriented approach is a vital component of the Company’s long track record of creating and operating highly successful retail, dining and entertainment destinations, and will be central to the development of the Carlsbad project."

“We have a long history of farming in the Carlsbad community and look forward to that continuing for many years to come,” said Jimmy Ukegawa, President, Carlsbad Strawberry Company, Inc. “We have had a great working relationship with SDG&E and are confident in their commitment, as well as that of Caruso Affiliated, to working together to continue strawberry farming along Cannon Road as part of any plan that develops.”

“I am looking forward to working with and getting to know more members of the Carlsbad community,” said Rick Caruso, President and CEO, Caruso Affiliated. “This land is a rare space with overwhelming potential, and we will work to ensure our plans reflect the community’s desires as we create a welcoming gathering place for all of Carlsbad.”

“After carefully considering all potential options for this property, we have decided to move forward with selling it, pending regulatory approval,” said Pam Fair, vice president, environmental and operations support, SDG&E. “As a proud member of the Carlsbad community, SDG&E believes it is important that any use of the Cannon Road property reflects the interests, values and input of the Carlsbad community, and we look forward to participating in the permitting process as the site plan and permit applications are developed.” 

“We are pleased that Caruso Affiliated has chosen Carlsbad for a future development,” said Matt Hall, Mayor, City of Carlsbad. “Caruso Affiliated has a proven track record of building exceptionally high quality destinations, incorporating public input into their designs and enhancing the communities they serve. We are [thrilled] Caruso recognizes Carlsbad’s unique desirability and will remain supportive as they prepare their plans for this premiere location.”

Caruso Affiliated's portfolio of top performing retail and residential properties includes The Grove in Los Angeles, The Americana at Brand in Glendale, the Waterside in Marina del Rey, The Promenade at Westlake, The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, The Commons at Calabasas and 8500 Burton Way in Los Angeles. The company also has several projects in development, including the expansion of The Americana at Brand, and the company's first luxury destination resort – the Miramar in Montecito.

This is the company’s first venture in San Diego.

Tami Brennan September 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Would be sad to see all the open space around the lagoon gone.
JC September 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
The City of Carlsbad says it believes in the importance of open space. However, the housing developments and malls keep marching across all surfaces except steep canyons and the ocean. Golf courses and ball fields don't count. This ongoing consumption of rapidly dwindling scenic property won't stop until enough people very assertively say NO to those who make the decisions to allow developers to pave and landscape every last square inch of this town. It will not stop unless there is a major groundswell of opposition. The fast big money of speculators is just too seductive when waved in the face of bean counters, and unless there is political consequences to allowing excessive development, on it will all go. Go to council meetings and express your concerns about the many backlashes of over development. Gridlocked traffic, ugly landscapes of nonstop buildings, and crowds wherever one goes, to name a few. Bring the whole family--it'll be fun! Ample scenic landscape is part of every well-planned, prosperous city.
Skip Stein September 14, 2012 at 01:39 PM
My vote for the development of the Agua Hedionda property along Cannon Road is a big NO!!! As mentioned in the other comments, open land along the borders of such a natural resource as the Lagoon should become a park or public open space. I am saddened by the lack of commitment of the Carlsbad Planning Department as well as the City Council in their lack of appreciation of the last vestiges of 'open land' in north county. Think of all the other gobbled up land already under development and realise that once it is gone, we become just another mis-mash of housing and retail that no one needs. As an example, I note the hotel development on the north side of Bataquitos Lagoon. Who needs the resort? Not us locals, but for the business owners and guests. Carlsbad, including SDG&E, let think before we leap and save what we have for the future generations.
Pat S September 16, 2012 at 08:36 PM
What a pleasure it would be to have a nice retail development mixed in with the strawberry fields on Cannon Drive. Carlsbad is missing something like The Grove in Los Angeles. Wouldn't it be a treat to have their briight brass trolley taking passsengers down through the boutique/like restaurants and stores mixed in with our wonderful Carlsbad strawberries growing there.. Who would ever object to a small Nordsrom store at the end of the line and maybe a small Farmer's Market? There are people in our area that want more than more than housing developments, automobile dealerships and additional bicycle lanes. I am a local and I vote a big YES on the idea.
Wila October 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I agree Pat , can't wait!
Linda Uphoff December 14, 2012 at 06:17 AM
PLEASE bring a Nordstroms to Carlsbad!! Sephora, Neimans and Bloomingdales too!!!
Linda Uphoff December 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I agree!!!!!
Cheryl January 24, 2013 at 04:39 AM
We don't need a Nordstrom's, Macy's or any other large retailer in Carlsbad--- they are already close by in La Jolla or Oceanside. Rather let's consider incorporating an area where local growers can sell their fruits & vegetables 7 days a week -- a Farmer's Market similar to Pike's Market in Seattle and also include unique eateries/restuarants with unique boutiques. The development should not overwhelm the area but rather incorporate some of the open space into a park-- let's help support small businesses but bring a unique quality to Carlsbad.

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