Welcome to San Diego Blog | March 7, 2013

New Sempra Energy Building East Village

The same developer that planned Diamond View Tower on the North East side of Petco Park land which is home of Fit Athletic, Comerica Bank and a number of other businesses has plans to build another commercial Tower on the lot bound by J street, Island Ave and 7th & 8th Avenues.  This 55,000 sq/ft site currently features Historical Fire Station #4 and 2 other historical buildings, The Unicorn Building and  Pack Loft Building that must remain on the site.

Cistera Deveopment has plans for a 16 story, 269 foot, commercial office tower that is constructed around these other structures.  The architect will be Carrier Johnson and the the building is to be for use by one sole tenant- Sempra Energy.  Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services company, currently resides at 101 Ash Stret in the Core District.  Sempra’s current lease is set to expire in July of 2015.

The project includes a proposed urban plaza on the North East Corner closest to Parkloft Condos and The Mark Townhomes.  This 5,000 sq/ft plaza  would include moveable seating, landscaping, lighting and upgraded paving materials.  Although the plazas are primarily for use for office tower tenants, the spaces will be open to the public.


The Southern facade of the tower has been angled so that it will maximize views from and into the ballpark.  The facade of the Pack Loft building will be rennovated to provide ground floor retail space with residetial use on the upper floors.  The exterior will see minor alterations including new windows, new awnings and paint.

Downtown San Diego Development





Construction on the property could begin as early as Fall 2013 if Civic San Diego approves the proposed plans.

Highlihts for the project include:

  • 16 Stories – 224ft with mechanical house up to 269 ft.
  • Above-Grade Square footage – 393,322
  • Amount of Retail Space  14,394 sq/ft – used for Cafeteria & Lobby
  • Amount of Office Space 301,775 sq/ft
  • Sustainability or Green Building Measures – Min LEED Silver Certification
  • Parking – Proposed 499 spaces

View Impact for Downtown Condos

We expect views at Alta to be impacted on the SE corner and S facing condos because the ballpark will be obstructed.  For properties at The Mark, The SW corner views towards the bay and over the Gaslamp Quarter and Convention Center will be affected.

The building would create a great transition between the Gaslamp neighborhood and East Village and would help separate and better dilineate the the two different neighborhoods.  Other benefits would include 1500 employees that would potentialy be in the neighborhood M-F purchasing coffee or lunch are going for a lunchtime walk.  It brings more stability to East Village

Written by: chad

Categories: East Village, East Village Real Estate, New Developments

  1. Meghan Bucter says:


    I saw this article and now I am wondering why Sempra Energy feels the need to build a whole new building just because their current lease will eventually end. Why not just renew the lease? What will become of the building that they are in now?
    Thank you.

    Meghan Bucter

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