Construction began this week on a 23-story residential tower at the southwest corner of the Westfield UTC shopping center in University City.
The tower, which is expected to open in 2019, is located at Nobel Drive and Lombard Place. Plans call for a combination of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units with a sky lounge for residents on the top floor.
Other amenities will include underground parking, a junior Olympic pool, fitness center, club room, library and 24/7 concierge service.
“Being able to offer the chance to live in close proximity to great shopping, dining, entertainment, health and fitness, and workspaces, is very exciting,” said John Alderson,
Westfield’s vice president of development in San Diego.
“Westfield has been a dedicated champion of the UTC neighborhood for the past 40 years, and breaking ground on the new residential tower is an important milestone and the next step in our chapter as we continue to showcase the community,” he added.
Residents of the apartment tower will have easy access to the shopping center, which is undergoing a $600 million expansion, and to a new station on the San Diego Trolley Blue Line.
The tower is Westfield’s first residential development in the Untied States, though it has apartment projects underway in the United Kingdom. The company is developing the project with Greystar, the largest operator of apartments in the United States.
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