Two Major Development Projects

Two large developments will affect Scripps Ranch for decades to come. There has been significant progress in the last few weeks. Here’s the latest.

Scripps Ranch Business Park

Sale of the “Intel” Lots and Library Parking Expansion

The Murphy Development Corporation purchased five undeveloped lots totaling 30.9 acres in the business park from the Intel Corporation for $28 million. The site is across from Scripps Ranch High School. News releases indicate that up to 500,000 square feet of two- to three-story industrial buildings and research and development facilities will be built at a cost of about $200 million. The lots are on the Newsletter cover around the area called “Scripps Ranch Technology Park.”

This purchase provides our only opportunity for the community’s long sought-after increase in parking at the Scripps Ranch Library. In anticipation of this opportunity, the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) long ago obtained a historical designation on the remains of the original Meanley Wall bordering Evans Pond (diagram below). It was done so that the adjacent land could create an expanded parking lot, as well as potentially provide a solar energy opportunity to reduce overall library energy expenditures.

The SRPG, along with the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and Save Our Scripps Ranch (SOSRanch), look forward to working with the city and Murphy Development to bring this long-standing community need to fruition.

This project conforms to our Scripps Ranch Community Plan and will, therefore, not require a plan amendment or zoning change. Since 1978 our Community Plan has had the goal to “encourage the development of a prestigious industrial park that minimizes pollution and provides desirable employment opportunities.” This proposal furthers that goal; it will likely create thousands of new jobs in our community.

When complete, there will, of course, be increased traffic impacts on Carroll Canyon Road, Mira Mesa Boulevard, Scripps Ranch Boulevard, and other streets in the business park area, as well as to Scripps Ranch High School. We will work with Murphy Development and future tenants to plan for and minimize impacts.

The project will be known as the Scripps Ranch Technology Park. Pacific Cornerstone Architects are working on design, and Lusardi Construction will be the general contractor. According to some reports, construction may begin within a year. The SRPG will review the project through the permitting process, and we will keep you informed as the Scripps Ranch Technology Park is developed.

Carroll Canyon Commercial Center “Big Box” Proposal

At the SRPG October meeting, Colton Sudberry described a new alternative plan for the property at the northeast corner of Interstate 15 and Carroll Canyon Road. (This is labeled Carroll Canyon Center on the cover.) He has placed the previous “big box” proposal on hold and is assessing community opinion about a mixed-use apartment and retail complex.

His new proposal is to build approximately 250 apartments plus 10,000 to 14,000 square feet of small businesses. The luxury garden-style apartments would vary from one to three bedrooms, averaging about 1,000 square feet in buildings from two to four stories. Many of the apartments would have garages, with some having parking spaces around the perimeter of the property. The businesses would include restaurants and services for residents and local business park workers.

Colton also described new traffic estimates: there will be a traffic impact compared to the current vacant buildings, but it will be much less than in the previous shopping center proposal. The largest impact will be during the morning rush hour traffic on Carroll Canyon Road, which will increase by about 250 trips.

The new proposal would require a revision to the Community Plan, rezoning to mixed-use residential and business, and approval by the Planning Commission and City Council. The process for approval would take about another year.

This proposal also was discussed at the October SRCA meeting. The proposal will be presented again for a vote of the SRPG at our regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Members of the community are encouraged to attend, learn more about the proposal, and voice your opinion. For questions, email me at [[email protected]].

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair