What’s happening at the Campus at Horton?

The former site of Horton Plaza is undergoing a redevelopment that will add new retails spaces, housing complexes, and life science offices.

A view of the upper level of Horton Plaza in 2002 with La Salsa, Macy's, and McDonald's storefronts visible.

In 2002, this what shopping at Horton Plaza looked like.

Photo via Túrelio on Wikimedia Commons

If you’re a longtime San Diegan, you might have memories of shopping at Horton Plaza. For years, the former downtown San Diego mall has been in the process of being redeveloped into the Campus at Horton. This 1 million-sqft, mixed-use space will become a hub for locals to shop, live, and work — with an emphasis on building SD’s booming life sciences industry.

In 2018, Stockdale Capital Partners acquired the retail space, and in 2020 the retail center was closed so construction could begin. If you’re wondering where the project stands today, we’ve got you.

Horton campus construction gate.

Construction at Campus at Horton — in the area near Balboa Theatre — in July 2022.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

New tenants

It’s anticipated that parts of the development will open later this year, and while we don’t have a definite date, we hear these tenants will fill the new space:

No life science tenants have been announced yet, but the project anticipates strong demand for office space due to the investment in the industry.

Rendering of the housing complex at the Campus at Horton that will be 40 stories high at the former site of Macy's.

The Campus at Horton will be home to a 40-story housing complex.

Rendering via Stockdale Capital Partners

Home sweet Horton

Housing will be a major component of the project, and Stockdale plans to add a 40-story residential building at the former site of Macy’s that will add 518 housing units. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2025 with completion expected in 2027. The developer will also add a second, 40-story building on G street with an additional 332 units.

What about the park?

Stockdale is also spending $9 million to redesign Park at Horton — formerly Horton Plaza Park — and will add art, dining spaces, and restaurants while also maintaining existing features like grassy areas, restrooms, and the fountain. A timeline has not been announced, but it’s expected to be completed by early 2025.

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