The 30-foot height limit on buildings constructed in The Midway District has made it very attractive to big box retail uses, however with new investment in the area, changes in the construction landscape are underway.
One such investment is the $20 million September acquisition of the former Sharp Cabrillo Hospital property at 3425-3475 Kenyon St. at the edge of Point Loma which will soon be turned into The Education First Language School. Once complete, the new campus, could host as many as 1,500 students during it’s peak operation period in the Summer months.
The former Sharp Cabrillo Hospital property was acquired under the banner of Efekta Cabrillo Inc. for a $20 million price tag which included the 226-bed, 173,845-square-foot, Sharp property and several smaller buildings onsite. One such building is a 13,000-square-foot medical office and a 5,000-square-foot medical office building, according to The CoStar Group.
Other developments in Midway include a 20,000-square-foot commercial building between Home Depot and Dick’s Sporting Goods to house Old Navy and Forever 21 by Sunbelt Properties.
For those who may not be familiar, the Midway District boundaries are marked by Interstate 8 to the north, Interstate 5 to the east, Laurel Street to the south and Rosecrans Street/Midway Drive to the west. As far back as the 1960s, haphazard development in Midway meant that the area is home to a wide range of development patterns and architectural styles.
In some areas, few buildings have compatibility or any functional relationship to each other and the surrounding neighborhood, however this will change now that the North Bay Business Improvement District has hired a team of design consultants to address deficiencies in the area. It’s expected that functional design improvements will pave the way for even more development in the Midway, after all, it’s a location that can’t be beat!