A Multitude Of New Dining & Retail Concepts To Open In Downtown San Diego As Part Of Incoming Park 12 East Village

September 4, 2018

Downtown San Diego's incoming Park 12 mixed-use community has announced the signing of its first three retail tenants - the critically-acclaimed Orange County-based Mexican eatery Carmelita’s, high-end ice cream purveyor Creamistry, and Australian-based fitness training studio F45 - each hoping to bring a new concept to San Diego’s burgeoning East Village. Many other big-name brands from San Diego and beyond are also expected to install in what will soon be downtown's largest housing complex.

Once completed this fall, Park 12 will be downtown San Diego's largest apartment complex with four-buildings housing luxury apartments and retail options, all overlooking San Diego Bay and Petco Park. The $400 million project will feature 45,000 square feet of ground-level rentable space with units to accommodate 17 retail units, at least 5 restaurants, and over 700 apartments. There will also be a 24-hour gym, two pools, 14 common areas, a clubroom with a kitchen, a game room, and two dog parks. From Charleston, SC-based Greystar Real Estate Partners, Park 12 - which began as a project called "Ballpark Village" by JMI Projects (the development company of former Padres owner John Moores) - has taken nearly 20 years to develop.

Park 12 will introduce a whole host of new dining and retail concepts to San Diego's East Village. The first restaurant tenant to sign on is Carmelita's, a casual Mexican restaurant chain that was first opened in Sacramento by Clemente Heredia 50 years before his son, Clemente Heredia Jr., expanded the concept to Southern California with two locations in Orange County. Named after Heredia's abuela, Carmelita's offers an array of traditional Mexican cuisine prepared with high-quality ingredients. The eatery also has an expansive bar menu including its own name brand tequila. The Park 12 branch is scheduled to open as early as March 2019.

“Carmelita’s consistently ranks as one of Orange County’s best Mexican restaurants and we are thrilled to announce their first San Diego location at Park 12,” said Senior Managing Director of West Coast development for Greystar Jerry Brand.

Also coming to Park 12 is a branch of Creamistry, a liquid nitrogen ice creamery based out of Irvine that already has two outposts in the San Diego area. Offering a theatrical dining experience, Creamistry specializes in made-to-order ice cream made from all-natural and organic ingredients with more than 60 flavors and toppings. Created entirely in front of the customer, the ice cream base is topped by liquid nitrogen which creates a billowing cloud, culminating in super smooth ice cream. Marking the chain’s first foray into downtown San Diego, Park 12’s Creamistry is scheduled to open February 2019.

"It’s as much entertainment as it is good dessert,” commented Brand.

Debuting its second location in San Diego at Park 12 this fall, F45 is an emerging fitness concept that began in Australia. Appealing to all fitness levels, F45 offers athletes customized personal training in an energizing group environment with certified trainers overseeing all workouts and live DJs adding to the challenging yet convivial ambiance. F45 downtown is scheduled to open in late 2018.

Located immediately across the street from Petco Park, Park 12 will be comprised of one high-rise and three mid-rise buildings. When complete, the complex will include 371 luxury apartments in a 37-story tower and 347 units in one six and two-seven-story midrise buildings - for a total of 718 rental homes. Residences will include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, as well as penthouse suites, with square footage spanning from 518 to 2,824 square feet. Rents will start at $1,705 per month and go as high as over $10,000 per month for penthouse apartments. The property’s four buildings will be connected by a pair of above-the-street bridges, enabling residents to easily move to and from amenity decks in the separate buildings. With the feel of a walkable urban village, the community is anchored by an expansive semicircular public plaza at 10th and Park, where the retail venues and restaurants will line the public space.

Park 12 has an address of 100 Park Plaza in downtown San Diego's East Village. For more information, visit livepark12.com.