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Daily Business Report-Dec. 7, 2017

Daily Business Report-Dec. 7, 2017

Exterior of Eighteen Ten State St. (Photos courtesy of mcmillim LLC)

Corky McMillin’s Son and Grandson

Debut Luxury Apartments in Little Italy

Scott McMillin and Andy McMillin, son and grandson of home building icon Corky McMillin, are keeping the family tradition alive with the debut this week of Eighteen Ten State St., an eight-story, 99-unit luxury apartment building situated on one of the last remaining development sites in Little Italy.

The property was designed with 42 individually customized floor plans, which range from studios, one or two bedroom units, as well as eight penthouse suites.

 Eighteen Ten State St. lobby

Eighteen Ten State St. lobby

The father and son team are principals of mcmillin LLC, carrying on the legacy of The Corky McMillin Companies, which since 1960 has built more than 30,000 homes and 16 mixed-use developments.

1810 State St. room

Eighteen Ten State St. room

“With 1810 State, we’re creating a more curated experience,” said Andy McMillin, CEO of mcmillin LLC. “We’re stepping outside of the box, rethinking spaces and rooms, and giving residents more of what they actually want. It’s also an opportunity to give younger buyers, who may have been timid of home ownership, the chance to enjoy residential benefits without a long-term commitment.”

Tailored for modern living, the apartments’ upscale furnishings showcase floor-to-ceiling windows with nine-foot-high ceilings, private patios, chef-inspired kitchens, walk-in closets, as well as lavish master bath suits and soaking tubs. The hotel-inspired lobby acts as a reception, a co-op workspace, as well as a social community hub with private liquor and wine storage options available to residents. On the ground floor, an open air ‘Village Patio’ serves as a community area with outdoor lounge furniture by Restoration Hardware and landscaping. The sixth-story “Sky Spa” offers residents a private retreat with panoramic views, a custom shade structure, day beds, lounge seating, plus MP3 ports with built-in speakers.

1810 State St. Community Room

Eighteen Ten State St. Community Room

Scott McMillin

Scott McMillin

A rooftop “Horizon Lounge” provides indoor-outdoor entertaining and a kitchen stocked with appliances from Kitchenaid, Sub Zero and Bosh, plus craft beer on draught, a big-screen TV, two outdoor grills, an open-air fire feature and panoramic views of the bay and city skyline.

In the future, mcmillin LLC will develop a boutique 79-room hotel property in Liberty Station, which will transform the last of the 100-year-old Naval Training Center barracks buildings into a specialty hotel complex. That project is expected to see completion in 2019.


Rendering shows Mid-Coast Trolley riders exiting the UTC station platform onto Regency Center’s proposed rooftop park that welcomes riders to their center.

Rendering shows Mid-Coast Trolley riders exiting the UTC station platform onto Regency Center’s proposed rooftop park that welcomes riders to their center.

Circulate San Diego Awards MOVE

Alliance Certification to Costa Verde Center

Circulate San Diego announced that the proposed redevelopment of Costa Verde Center, directly adjacent to a planned Mid-Coast Trolley Station, has received their MOVE Alliance smart growth certification.

The Costa Verde Center project is an enhancement of an existing shopping center, one of the few neighborhood/community-serving shopping centers in the University City. Regency Centers is planning a sustainable, infill, transit-oriented development with bicycle and pedestrian features in the Golden Triangle area.

The project site is adjacent to the planned Mid-Coast Trolley line, which will extend along Genesee Avenue and connect to UC San Diego and Downtown. A new, elevated trolley station and platform are planned south of Esplanade Court above the center median of Genesee Avenue. Trolley service within the area is expected to be in operation in 2021. The project proposes 125,000 square feet of additional commercial and a 200-room, 125,000-square-foot community hotel. There has been no new neighborhood retail in this area since 1992.

“The Costa Verde Center Revitalization Project is a leading example for how public transit construction can spur private investment with adjacent land uses,” said Colin Parent, interim executive director and policy counsel at Circulate San Diego. “Successful communities need a variety of uses, including housing, jobs, and retail for residents and workers.”

The project will include a welcoming elevated pedestrian plaza across from the Mid-Coast Trolley Station, and incorporates various elevators and stairs to help transit riders shop in the center, and to access the bicycle and pedestrian networks within and adjacent to the center.


The 150-room Hyatt Place hotel

The 150-room Hyatt Place hotel

Hyatt Place Hotel in Vista Sold

The 150-room Hyatt Place hotel at 2645 South Melrose Drive in Vista has been sold to Brighton Management for an undisclosed price. The seller was an affiliate of Irvine-based CoreCapital, which purchased the hotel in 2014.

Brighton Management will manage the hotel.

The four-story hotel that opened in 2012 offers approximately 1,200 square feet of meeting space, and provides food and beverage service through its 24/7 Guest Kitchen, Gallery Market and Bakery Café.

CBRE Hotels acted as exclusive agents for the sellers.


ViaSat Link Handheld Radio

Gets NSA Certification


ViaSat’s handheld Link 16 radio has obtained the National Security Agency’s Type 1 security certification to process classified information.

The Viasat Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System – Dismounted radio works to provide direct access to a line of sight tactical datalink network for aircraft, ships and ground forces, the company said.

BATS-D is designed to facilitate digital communications between dismounted joint terminal attack controllers and close air support aircraft.

NSA tested BATS-D’s interoperability with other Link 16 radios such as the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems and the KOR-24A small tactical terminal as part of the Type 1 certification process.

Ken Peterman, president of Viasat’s government systems arm, said that BATS-D interoperated with the other Link 16 radios in the Cryptographic Modernization Initiative and legacy modes on the first attempt.


General Atomics’ Drones Used in

Fight Against Islamic State Group


U.S. military personnel and coalition partners used combat remotely piloted aircraft to counter the Islamic State militant organization in Raqqah, Syria, the U.S. Air Force reported.

The aircrews flew combat RPAs such as General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator for at least 44,000 hours to get a view of the battlefield, locate the friendly forces and perform precision munition strikes through the “buddy lasing” tactic.

“Primarily, we were doing things like close air support, tactical reconnaissance and overwatch of our allies as they fought to take back the city block by block,” said Lt. Col. Nicholas, a squadron commander assigned to Air Force’s 432nd Wing. “What our aircraft brought that was unique to the fight was persistence.” Nicholas also cited how the use of the drones in an urban environment provided aircrews visual contact in munition strikes.

The U.S. and coalition forces liberated the city of Raqqa in October four months after they launched an effort to eliminate the militant organization’s strongholds in the city.


Elsa Cleland (Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Elsa Cleland (Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

32 UC San Diego Professors Named

Most Influential in Their Fields

Thirty two faculty members at the University of California San Diego are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, based on their publications over the past decade.

Click here for their names



Assistant Professor Maximiliano D’Angelo (Credit: Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute)

Assistant Professor Maximiliano D’Angelo (Credit: Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute)

Sanford Burnham Prebys Researcher

Receives American Cancer Society Grant

, an assistant professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), has received a four-year, $792,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. D’Angelo, who has been at SBP since 2014, will use the grant to study how alterations in nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) contribute to the malignant transformation of blood cells and cancer.

The American Cancer Society awards Research Scholar Grants for promising research projects that may lead to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem. Recipients must be in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment.

“Max is a well-deserving recipient of this prestigious award, says Kristina Vuori,  president of SBP. “He is an outstanding scientist making significant discoveries that may help shape the future of cancer therapies. ”


Personnel Announcements

Zoixza (Zoey) Martin Joins Cavignac & Associates

Zoixza (Zoey) Martin

Zoixza (Zoey) Martin

Cavignac & Associates has hired Zoixza (Zoey) Martin as an account administrator in the firm’s Commercial Department. Martin provides support and assistance to the department’s team members and ensures clients are well served. Her primary responsibilities include processing endorsements, certificates of insurance and new and renewal policies. She also handles billing and cancellation matters, reconciles audits, reviews contracts, and performs administrative follow-up and account manager tasks.

Prior to joining Cavignac & Associates, Martin was an enrollment and matching specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, where she was employed for over five years

Previous work experience includes serving as a case manager and bilingual outreach coordinator for the YMCA of San Diego Childcare Resource Service division.

Martin is a graduate of San Diego State University, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology, with a minor in psychology.


Colin Parent Named Executive Director

and General Counsel for Circulate San Diego

Colin Parent

Colin Parent

Colin Parent has been named executive director and general counsel for Circulate San Diego, a regional grassroots group formed through the merger of Move San Diego and WalkSanDiego.

Parent joined Circulate San Diego in November 2014 after serving for a few years on the policy committee of MOVE San Diego.

“In the five years that I’ve been involved with Circulate, we have made a lot of progress,” said Parent. “We merged Walk San Diego and MOVE San Diego to become the leading advocacy organization in the region on mobility and urbanism. We launched a policy research program that is driving conversations for transit, safety, and land use. We launched a Vision Zero campaign, with a commitment from the City of San Diego to end traffic fatalities.”


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