Harbor Village is opening soon

Posted by on Wed, August 29, 2007

The County Times covers Harbor Village, the hotel and retail development that is scheduled to open "around November 15".

The walls of the mall area will capture the harbor life motif with shingles and clapboard siding, said project marketing director Tony Canadas. The colors in the shops and the hotel rooms — beige, green and blue — follow the colors of the sea, while shingles, dormers and bay windows add to the look of an old seaport town.

The $20 million project is expected to generate between $1.5 million and $2 million a year in tax revenue for San Mateo County and will create between 150 and 175 jobs. Nerhan originally announced an opening date of May 2007. The delay was derived from problems getting all the steel in on time, he said.

Nerhan said half the boutiques were spoken for by future tenants of the mall, which will be a careful mix of retail shops, a delicatessen, clothing stores, a wine-and cheese shop, and other services. Many of the shops will be filled by spinoffs of local stores that have proven successful elsewhere on the coast, like Half Moon Bay’s Toque Blanche, a cooking tools store. Former San Francisco 49er Russ Francis will open a large surf shop, said Canadas.

With 450 parking spaces, the mall expects to get a significant amount of its revenue from Coastsiders looking for food, clothing, and housewares.

Comment 1
Thu, August 30, 2007 1:33pm
Carl May
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<<With 450 parking spaces, the mall expects to get a significant amount of its revenue from Coastsiders looking for food, clothing, and housewares.>>

Oh, sure, I’m going to beat it right down to spend my hard-earned at a place that is blocking coastal views, is adding acres of hardscaping, will make midcoast traffic even worse, will compete with existing local businesses, will house and cater to free-spending YUPs and tourons willing to pay elite prices, will further draw down scarce coastal resources, etc.

I don’t go to businesses in Half Moon Bay that are inconvenient to reach and have always been on the side of making my Montara and Moss Beach communities and surroundings worse, so why would I go to this new mistake on the landscape? Nope, I’ll continue to patronize handy businesses in Montara/Moss Beach when possible and in Pacifica, where I work.

Carl May

Good to see Princeton becoming a light destination for weekenders, and some job creation. I see it as good for some competition amongst the coast, as the better service will prevail, as it should. For the locally owned firms, good for them on a better location and/or space. It’s an appealing structure, furthering a “good side” of the highway to look at, versus driving down 1 amidst the rusted cars, plywood garage doors, anti-landscaped properties. Some may despise it, but others like to see that coast become more like Carmel and less like Fresno.

From the article:

“All the shops are mom-and-pops. There’s no corporate stuff in the works, no Z Gallery or Pottery Barns,” he said. In contrast with Half Moon Bay’s Main Street, Harbor Village will limit the number of galleries it leases space to.

Well… that’s two things they’ve done right.