San Diego City Council Approves Franklin Ridge Road Connection

The San Diego City Council recently voted 8-1 to approve the “Franklin Ridge Road Connection,” a vehicular connection between Mission Valley and Serra Mesa through Civita. The connection will extend Civita’s Franklin Ridge Road to the north and connect to Phyllis Place in Serra Mesa.

Proponents of the road connection say it would ease traffic congestion, help complete a regional bicycling network, reduce carbon emissions, and provide more direct access to I-805 from Mission Valley. City officials also say the connector would boost emergency response times.

Opponents say that the road would increase traffic, reduce safety, and impair the pedestrian-friendly character of the surrounding communities. Some opponents of the road connection have vowed to fight the decision in court.

The City of San Diego has been considering a possible vehicular connection between Mission Valley and Serra Mesa since 1985. When plans for Civita were approved, Sudberry Properties agreed to abide by the city’s ultimate decision and stay neutral on the issue. To accommodate either decision, the Civita Specific Plan was designed with and without the road connection. Click here to view artist renderings of the two options.

No matter what the final outcome is, Sudberry Properties is committed to ensuring that Civita continues to be a pedestrian-friendly community.

Civita Park Honored with “Orchid” By the San Diego Architectural Foundation


The San Diego Architectural Foundation has honored Civita Park, the crown jewel of Civita, with an “Orchid” during last night’s Orchids & Onions awards ceremony at the U.S. Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego.

Orchids & Onions is the only interactive, community-based program geared towards raising awareness and encouraging practical discourse in response to San Diego’s built environment, according to the foundation’s website.

Civita Park incorporates ideas from hundreds of local residents collected during a series of public meetings and workshops.
The park is designed to create a central green spine through the center of the community, linking Serra Mesa to the San Diego River Valley. Trails connect the park to all neighborhoods in Civita, encouraging residents to increase their activity levels and social interaction.
The topography affords the park stunning views and the ability to separate uses within one facility, offering a variety of individual and group activity areas and quiet places for reflection and relaxation.

Civita is honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award!