There’s something strange happening in Oceanside.
A surge of development is revitalizing the city’s downtown, right along the coast – and the city’s residents seem to be in favor of it.
A handful of projects are moving forward in downtown Oceanside, with buildings reaching four to eight stories going up and little in the way of community opposition rallying against them.
Though it feels sudden, the plan to transform downtown has been in the works for decades, following years of planning, a pause from the recession and a lawsuit that held things up even further.
But now, construction is happening rapidly. The plan focuses on a nine-block area bounded by The Strand, Cleveland Street, Seagaze Drive and Civic Center Drive.
“We’re about to explode with this nine-block plan,” said Rick Wright, executive director of MainStreet Oceanside, a nonprofit that promotes economic development in downtown Oceanside. “This is all coming into fruition all of a sudden.”