Ground broken on Hillcrest fire station

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Hillcrest, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

City officials symbolically broke ground on Tuesday, Nov. 1, for a new Fire Station No. 5 in Hillcrest. The price tag is $9.2 million.

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria and Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy presided over a brief ceremony outside the outdated fire station, located at the northwest corner of University and Ninth avenues.

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The Hive @ Hillcrest sets soft opening

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Feature, Featured, Hillcrest | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor An “urban beauty and wellness experience” dubbed The Hive @ Hillcrest is scheduled to have its soft opening on Saturday, Oct. 22. That’s the word according to Mark Gottschlich, one of the partners of BNF Real Estate Group, which is helming the project. He gave San Diego Uptown News a tour of the remodeled building, which is owned by Morgan Gilman.

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HBA elects new board

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Feature, Featured, Hillcrest | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff The Hillcrest Business Association elected eight board members at its annual elections, held Oct. 11 at the H20 Sushi and Izakaya restaurant. More than 80 people attended the event, including HBA members, local business owners and several public officials.

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Ace in the hole

Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Feature, Hillcrest, Top Story | No Comments

‘Coolest Hardware Store on the Planet’ is in Hillcrest

By Ken Williams | Editor

Ace Hillcrest Hardware really is a unique place. While “unique” is one of those often misused and overused adjectives, franchise owner Bruce Reeves can make a good case that his store is one of a kind.

For the past 20 years, Ace Hillcrest has been serving customers from the Uptown and Mid-City communities with a distinctive blend of goods ranging from traditional hardware products to niche merchandise targeting the LGBT community.

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Hillcrest Town Council update – Sept. 23, 2016

By Benny Cartwright Hillcrest is a very special and unique neighborhood, and many of its residents are very passionate about the place they call home. The Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) was founded in 2007 to provide a voice for the residents of Hillcrest, whether they be renters, owners or unhoused, and our most recent meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 was designed to make sure we stayed true to that original mission.

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Reaching out from behind ‘The Wall’

Posted: August 26th, 2016 | Feature, Hillcrest, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Rarely are residents and nearby businesses given a voice in helping property investors choose commercial tenants for their renovation projects. Yet the newest landlords of a long-neglected Hillcrest structure dating back to 1916 are tapping into the community at large for creative suggestions as to who or what should fill 5,000 square feet of prime rental space in the building’s ground floor.

“We’re very open-minded and all ears,” said Brandon Blum, who earlier this year purchased the two-story structure at 1253 University Ave. for $2.7 million with business partner and longtime friend Daniel Shkolnik under their real estate investment company, SBMI Group.

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Refill café specializes in cold brew coffee

Posted: August 26th, 2016 | Featured, Food & Drink, Hillcrest | 1 Comment

By Margie M. Palmer Coffee shops are a dime a dozen, which is why when Nathan Tobiason decided to open Refill in Hillcrest, he let his passion for cold brew be his guide. For those of you who have yet to hop on the cold brew train, you should know it’s nothing like its warm-steeped counterpart. Unlike a hot cup of Joe, cold brew is prepared by using room-temperature water. And because this methodology has […]

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By Morgan M. Hurley | Contributing Editor Once Pride is in our rear-view mirror every year, the community tends to start looking forward to CityFest, the annual street festival presented by the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA). This year’s event will take place Sunday, Aug. 14, from noon – 11 p.m. Originally started 32 years ago as a way to celebrate the refurbishment of the iconic neon Hillcrest sign, CityFest has continued to “keep the party […]

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The Merrow Main Stage entertainment to be rockin’

Posted: August 12th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Hillcrest, Music | 1 Comment

Commentary by Dustin Lothspeich AJ Froman are this crazy progressive rock band that throws in a lot of psychedelic twists and turns throughout their music. Their frontwoman, Sarah Norwood, has such an incredible stage presence and literally hurls herself around the stage — they’re just a great rock band in the vein of Led Zeppelin or Yes.

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Work to begin soon on Fire Station No. 5

Posted: August 12th, 2016 | Communities, Hillcrest, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Catherine Spearnak

Construction on Hillcrest’s new fire station at Ninth and University is expected to begin before year’s end.

In November, the crew at Fire Station No. 5 will move into temporary quarters so the 65-year-old station at 4311 Ninth Ave. can be demolished and construction of a new station can begin.

The new firehouse is scheduled to open in March 2018. Demolition of the old station, which went into service in August 1951, is set to start as soon as firefighters move out. Fire Station No. 5 serves a 4-square-mile area that includes Hillcrest and surrounding neighborhoods.

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