Start of construction of the El Corazon apartment complex

Construction has begun on a 268-apartment complex inside Oceanside’s 465-acre El Corazon property, near the town’s senior center, recently completed aquatics center and indoor sports arena that should open next year.

The Luma at El Corazon rental office and its first apartments are expected to open in the fall of 2023, according to a recent announcement from Sudberry Properties, the master developer of commercial properties with El Corazon. The 12-acre project will be completed in phases.

The apartment complex will consist of 23 separate three-story buildings with a mix of 113 one-bedroom apartments, 120 two-bedroom apartments and 35 three-bedroom apartments in 11 different floor plans ranging from 691 to 1,440 square feet. There will be a leisure center and swimming pool, and each apartment will have an outdoor terrace, balcony or patio.

In keeping with the overall architectural theme of the buildings in El Corazon, the apartments are designed in the style of architect Irving Gill, who died in 1936. Gill designed Oceanside Town Hall and Fire Station No. 1 in the 1920s, as well as several other notable buildings in Southern California. His work is known for its clean angular lines, ground-level arches and covered walkways.

Two 2,350 square foot commercial suites will be built on either side of the main entrance facing Village Commercial Drive, which when complete will parallel Rancho Del Oro Drive on the west side of the apartments.

The complex will be adjacent to Frontwave Arena, the indoor sports venue that will be the new home of the San Diego Sockers professional football team. The arena, which will also host concerts, family shows and other events, is expected to open in late 2023, Sudberry officials said.

The apartments are also about half a mile from a Sprinter station on the streetcar line that connects the Oceanside Transit Center to Vista and San Marcos to Escondido.

Oceanside received the El Corazon property in 1994 from the American company Silica, which mined sand there and sold it for a variety of industrial uses. By accepting the property, the city committed to remediating the unstable ground left by 60 years of surface mining, work that began in 1996 and continues today.

A specific plan for the property designates 212 acres for parks and recreation, 164 acres for native habitat, and 34 acres for civic services.

The space has been included for residential and commercial purposes, including two as yet unbuilt hotels, to generate revenue for the development and maintenance of public facilities.

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