Next Space plans redevelopment of old shopping center site on Voltaire Street
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New owners of the dilapidated small shopping center on Voltaire Street at Las Lomas want to replace the old hodge podge of leftovers there, which in recent years featured Sunshine Liquor as the most prominent tenant.

But Sunshine Liquor has moved on, after losing its lease, to a new home down Voltaire Street in a different strip mall near a consignment shop and a music center.

There used to be a flower shop on the corner of the old Sunshine Liquor site, Petals by Katie. But Katie's has left as well. What will replace them?

As the Voltaire Corridor spruces up with improvements on the Nimitz overpass bridge and plans for decorative street lighting, the old shopping center was ripe for being the next space developed.

In fact, that’s the name of the company taking over, Next Space Development, which is based at 2820 Shelter Island Drive. This new mixed-use creation is being referred to as “Nimitz Crossing.” 

“The center was old, was functionally obsolete, and had just a rundown dump of a building,” said Rudy Medina, a member of the Next Space Development team. “It was mostly the liquor store and some mixed-use components. There were some (old) offices in there that were empty for users (tenants).”

Next Space has other projects in the Peninsula in the works, including their latest blockbuster, Bellamar Point Loma, at 3025 Byron St. and 1180 Rosecrans St.

 A collection of 16 two-bedroom master flats, Bellamar at 1180 Rosecrans St. is replacing Blockbuster Video, Ipanema Watch and Jewelry and Gus's Subs.

Designed by Martinez Cutri Architects, many of Bellamar's units exceed 2,000 square feet in size and are being priced in the low $1.1 million-range. It's a price the project's website claims “will be significantly lower than similar-sized units in the immediate area.”

Though it's still early-on in the center's redevelopment, Medina said a plan is in place for the makeover of the old Sunshine site, which Next Door acquired in 2016.

Medina said pre-approved plans were already in place, when Next Space purchased the property two years ago, to redevelop it as mixed use. “[The plan] has been in process for years,” said Medina about the old 26,000-square-foot building that previously housed Sunshine Liquor.

Medina said Next Space is in plan-check with the city on its proposed project, which includes 24 apartment units and approximately 9,000 square feet of retail space.

“We're not going to do liquor, just community uses — whatever the market will bear,” Medina said about redeveloping the site. “I'm sure there will be some food uses, the normal stuff. There could be coffee. There might be some low-impact restaurant like Subway.”

It's still early-on in the planning process, said Medina of the status of the old Sunshine Liquor site.

“We don't have any tenants yet,” he said adding, “We're not going to start construction until the end of this year. So we're looking at sometime in 2019 for (tenant) turnover. We bought it (Sunshine site) with a plan in place. That part has already been done.”

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