The first urbanization of Kearny Mesa began in 1937 with Gibbs Airfield, now Montgomery Field. In 1948, the City of San Diego acquired the airfield and 1,400 acres of surrounding property as a replacement site for San Diego International Airport. When airspace conflicts with MCAS Miramar (formerly NAS Miramar) preempted the proposed airport, the surplus acreage became an industrial park.
Beginning in 1955 with General Dynamics, numerous aerospace, electronic, and other industrial and office firms have located in the area. Portions of Kearny Mesa, predominantly west of State Route 163, also include commercial development. Residential development is limited but increasing in recent years, particularly with the development of Stonecrest in the southeast corner of the community and the redevelopment of the General Dynamics site, now known as Spectrum.
Kearny Mesa is conveniently located to SR-52 on the north, I-805 on the west, Aero Drive on the south, and I-15 on the east.
What Staff are Saying:
- Staff commented they found this community’s strengths were its availability of free parking, access to shopping (malls, shopping centers, neighborhood stores) ; and very friendly neighbors.
- What they felt was lacking in this community was nightlife, better quality restaurants, and more entertainment and culture.
“I like the lack of congestion, especially on the weekends. It is quick drive to get almost anywhere, baring traffic. 15 minutes to beach, downtown, bays, airport, work.”
- “I like the Proximity to North Park, Hillcrest, multiple freeway access and Mission/Fashion valley”
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