Rancho Del Mar project approved

Improvements include façade work, parking lot upgrade

 The Santa Cruz County Zoning Administrator on July 21 approved a series of renovations at the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, a decision that will allow the project to begin.

It is unclear when work will begin at the aging, 10.5-acre center at State Park and Soquel drives.

Property owner Terramar Retail Centers, LLC did not return a call for information as of press time.

The company will perform series of façade renovations at the center at State Park and Soquel drives, including creating an outdoor dining area, parking lot landscaping improvements and ADA accessibility upgrades. 

The developer will also replace the signs throughout the center, and convert the former vacant cinema building into retail space.

According to county staff, the proposal is consistent with county code and the county’s general plan.

The project has generated controversy since it was proposed in 2012, when the Safeway corporation that formerly owned the center announced plans that included a major upgrade of the parking lot and replacing the Safeway grocery store.

Public opposition sidelined that project.

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