Marina >> With the holiday season approaching, the promise of restaurants at the Dunes On Monterey Bay shopping center is being realized with three of them probably launching in less than a month.
“Teriyaki Madness, Smashburger and Starbucks with a drive-thru will most likely be open before Thanksgiving,” said Scott Negri, developer and principal at SKN Properties. “I hope folks are excited about it.”
Three of the four buildings are in the process of being completed. Each of those three will have one business up and running by mid-November.
Some of the remaining eateries, which include Chipotle, Deli Delicious, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Blaze Pizza, should be open by Christmas, said Negri.
Jaffa Mediterranean Cuisine will be housed on the first floor of the site’s yet-to-be-built, two-story building along with Anytime Fitness, on the second floor, and another business which will occupy the 5,929 square feet of available space on the first floor.
Negri said the last building will be built and ready for occupancy in 2017.
Other businesses that round out the restaurant and retail project at the Dunes include Verizon Wireless, Sports Clips Haircuts and Sleep Train Mattress Centers. Negri said there are three additional spaces still available, along with the first floor space of the fourth building, that are “waiting for the right tenants.”
The project will comprise 40,300 square feet of new building space on four development pads on a 3.7-acre parcel at Second Avenue and General Stilwell Drive within the Dunes development site.
When all businesses are up and running at the site, about 300 jobs will have been created.
Looking across to the Cinemark Theater from the location of what will be a stairway and ADA ramp at one pedestrian entrance to his project site, Negri said, “I think this will help the theaters out a lot” along with providing a place to eat and relax for the many patients coming to visit the newly dedicated VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic next to the theaters.
The developer said he started working on the project in October 2014, he closed escrow on the property in January 2015 and broke ground in April.
Negri hit a snag last year when the question of minimum floor area ratio came into play and inevitably took the original plan from three buildings to four, and added a second story to one. After a number of public hearings, revisions and rewrites, the project was given the green light by Marina officials and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority in February.
“Construction’s always a headache, but I hired a really good general contractor and he protected me from a lot of the headaches,” said Negri. He also credited a Marina city staff that was “fantastic to work with.”
Negri said the construction of the three buildings should be “100 percent done the first week of November, then the tenants move in.” He pointed out that the first three buildings of his project will be finished within seven months and tenants will be ready to go within two weeks of finishing.
The developer said he will take time off after that to celebrate he and his wife’s 25th wedding anniversary. James Herrera can be reached at 831-726-4344. Click here to view full article.