I found a website called hugeasscity.com, which is a pro-urbanization blog for Seattle. Their posting "Coming to Othello Station: The Future", discusses a project called The Station at Othello Park. This blog, which is about creating more dense projects like One Paseo, says that the Station project "is a big one, 420,000 total square feet, with 350 rental apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail." So, a group that is in favor of dense development calls 350 apartments and 40,000 sq ft of retail a big development! What would they call the 600 unit, 270,000 sq ft retail, plus hotel, plus 500,000 sq ft office?!! I suspect they'd call it huge, or a monstrosity.
But that's not the point I'm trying to make here. The point of this article is more about what the developer promises versus what is delivered. In this case, the developer showed this picture before development:
What's being promised? A green place with wide sidewalks, inviting stores and space for bicycles. We'll see how that works out.
In the meantime, here's a picture of the construction nearly complete, with everything cleaned up and all the debris removed. Notice how much large the project is, how many levels are being built and the huge crane for moving materials. In fact, this is just like one of the residential blocks proposed for One Paseo, with 5 stories of residential over retail:
Finally, here is the completed project, which may be mostly the same as the original image, but again, not quite the same. In some way, all the concrete and stucco isn't as uplifting as the marketing idea, it's really just become a large housing block:
It's amazing how the original marketing image can look so inviting, while the completed project can look so, well, so urban. We need to remember this when Kilroy shows us marketing images of what life in Carmel Valley will be like after the completion of One Paseo and it's Main Street shopping plaza.