Artist's rendering of One Paseo's main street. Courtesy Kilroy Realty
Artist’s rendering of One Paseo’s main street. Courtesy Kilroy Realty

A new poll suggests that San Diego voters would oppose the One Paseo development in Carmel Valley in a citywide ballot — if they know about the controversial project.

The poll conducted by SurveyUSA for KGTV and U-T San Diego found that 54 percent of 700 people surveyed were not familiar with the project, but those who were opposed it by 48 percent to 26 percent with another 24 percent unsure.

The City Council voted 7-2 in February to allow the controversial project to proceed, but opponents largely funded by a competing developer immediately began a petition drive and turned in 60,000 signatures on Wednesday.

One Paseo’s developer, Kilroy Realty, responded by collecting 29,500 signature-removal requests. Some 34,000 valid signatures are needed to put the issue on the citywide ballot, and it will take officials 30 days to count and check the competing blocks of signatures.

The $750 million project includes 199,000 square feet of retail space, a movie theater, 484,000 square feet of office space and 608 residences on a vacant 23.6-acre site south of Del Mar Heights Road, between El Camino Real and High Bluff Drive.

Opponents say the project is too big for affluent Carmel Valley and will cause traffic congestion. Donahue Schriber, owner of the shopping center across the street, is providing major funding for the referendum effort.

In a similar citywide referendum last June, voters overturned two propositions that would have rezoned Barrio Logan to separate homes and industry.

One Paseo site looking northeast toward Del Mar Heights Town Center. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.