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Two more weeks to impact shopping center

DEL MAR — In May, Donahue Schriber announced plans for the next phase of renovations at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center which will include a parking structure, theater expansion and new dining and shopping options. To gather feedback on which new retailers the community would like to see as part of the expansion, an online survey was launched.

Initially slated to close on May 31, community members now have two more weeks to provide feedback at The survey responses will be used to help determine what services, amenities and retailers the community would like to see added to the shopping center in the future. The survey will close on June 14.

Entitled in the mid-1980s, plans for the Del Mar Highlands Town Center were approved to include 425,000 square feet of retail and a parking structure. The center currently consists of 283,000 square feet of retail.  Donahue Schriber’s new plans will add a parking structure and approximately 80,000 square feet of additional retail space including a three-screen expansion of the center’s Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas and a new KinderCare building.

The three-level parking structure will be located along Townsgate Drive, expanding the existing parking field behind the center between Pell and Kelsford Places. Taking advantage of the natural land grade, the top level of the structure will be three feet below Townsgate Drive at the north end and only five feet above at the south end, allowing enhanced vehicular and pedestrian access to the center from the street. Plans for the structure will include landscaped trellises, inviting walkways and three pedestrian entries.  The parking structure will add approximately 600 new parking stalls.

The renovations, starting with the construction of the new parking structure, theater expansion and KinderCare relocation, will begin later this year. Construction of the new retail will begin in late 2015 and be complete in mid-2017. The center will remain open during construction and Donahue Schriber will work diligently to minimize impacts to customers.

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