Tom York on Business: New ‘North City’ District Welcomes Back CSUSM Students

Tom York on Business: New ‘North City’ District Welcomes Back CSUSM Students


The Quad in San Marcos. Courtesy Sea Breeze Properties

Sea Breeze Properties, developers of the $1 billion North City — a mixed-used commercial project in San Marcos — say they are eagerly  embracing students who are returning to the adjacent Cal State San Marcos campus for the fall semester, especially those lucky 860-plus scholars who are staying at The Quad.

When finished, the self-contained business district fronting Route 78 will boast 3,400 units of housing, 750,000 square feet of office space, 375,000 square feet of retail, including restaurants, groceries and entertainment, as well as The Quad, the student housing portion of the build. The project also features 20 acres of parks and trails.

So far, 20% of North City has been completed.

The businesses within the project say they’re anxious to get back to normal after a year of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While business has improved over the last few months — buoyed by new openings, community events, and reduced rent offered by the developers — North City and San Marcos business boosters are looking forward to increased foot traffic and brisker business from the students, faculty, and entire university ecosystem who’ll be looking to dine, drink, and get back to enjoying campus life,” said a spokesperson.

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