SAN DIEGO—As reported in September, MurphyDevelopment has purchased 30.9 acres of improved land inthe Scripps Ranch Business Park here fromIntel Corp. for the developmentof one- to three-story corporate-headquarters buildings andresearch-and-development facilities. The site, to be rebrandedScripps Ranch Technology Park, will use itssurrounding natural elements as amenities for potential officetenants. The individual parcels, which are bordered by matureeucalyptus trees and landscape setbacks, offer expansive views thatrange from the Pacific coastline to the San Diego backcountry.Also, the land is surrounded by a forest, lush landscaping andwalking trails; one of the lots backs up onto EvansPond; and Lake Miramar is nearby. Wespoke with Andy Irwin, SVP and director ofmarketing for Murphy, about the firm's plans for this developmentand what will make it unique in the office realm. What led you to choose this particularsite—with its challenges—for this development?

Irwin: At 55 acres, Scripps RanchTechnology Park is the only large parcel site available fordevelopment in the mid-city markets of San Diego. The location isspectacular as it sits right in the middle of where San Diegotenants want to locate. With a lot of luck and some fortunatetiming, we were able to acquire the site. We are now moving fullsteam ahead with plans to develop 1 million square feet ofstate-of-the-art buildings on 31 acres, complemented by 24 acres ofopen space, parks, fitness trails and an iconic pond. Across thestreet from our project is Lake Miramar, where an employee can bikearound a 5-mile loop or rent a kayak and navigate the lake. Thepark is just a few short blocks from the I-15 freeway with accessby three major interchanges: Carroll Canyon Rd., Miramar/PomeradoRd. and Mira Mesa Blvd.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.