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Making Way for Southbay’s Multi-Billion-Dollar Millenia

An exciting new urban project just broke ground in the Southbay last month;  Millenia, a “New kind of Urban Village” is a multi billion dollar master planned community that will spread over 80 city blocks and feature thousands of new homes, retail and office space, and public parks.

The ultimate plan is for Millenia to include 3,000 multi-family residences; two million square feet of Class A office space on 30 acres; 1.5 million square feet of retail, hospitality, civic and mixed-use projects; six themed urban parks; and a variety of tree-lined promenades, casual gathering places, bikeways and plazas. Chula Vista City leaders say in the next 30 years, they expect their region to grow in population by 100,000 people, and about 10 percent of the new residents could live at Millenia. Millenia will be built at the southeast corner of Birch Road and state Route 125, immediately south of Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista.

“We envision Millenia becoming the future City Center of south county and the epicenter of the emerging San Diego/Tijuana mega region,” said Scott McMillin, chairman of The Corky McMillin Companies. “It is ideally located near the U.S. Olympic Training Center, only four miles from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and the planned cross-border terminal, and just 20 miles from downtown San Diego and Lindbergh Field.” After several years of declining real estate prices, South Bay has seen its home market begin to improve and is now primed for new construction. The massive $4 billion mixed-use Millenia project, part of the 22,899-acre Otay Ranch Master Plan, is the first major development in eight years in Chula Vista. Planning for it has spanned about 15 years.” Source:

Land-use plan for Millenia shows placement of homes and commercial development. Completion is projected over the next 20 years. / Union-Tribune

What are your thoughts on this upcoming momentous growth for Southbay  San Diego? I’m extremely excited for it, and figured it was only a matter of time before all of the empty open space was built on. I wonder if this will put the Rapid Transit Coordior into effect finally?

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