Our City San Diego Magazine

The 10 Most Influential Developers
April 20, 2016

The recession was a bummer for just about all of us. However, developers could argue that they took it on the chin among the worst. Prior to the slow-down, a number of big projects were either going up or on the drawing board.

Then …

Big projects couldn’t have come online at a worse time, as buyers and bankers both ran for the hills. A number of condominium projects had to be converted to apartments. Almost all types of building stalled.

Developers may have their distractors — they came up with the strip mall, after all — but they have had a major impact on San Diego’s growth as a world-class destination. Whether helping develop Mission Bay into a tourist mecca, transforming the Gaslamp district or using Petco Park to re-energize East Village, developers have played a significant role on San Diego’s economy and direction.

Today’s most influential developers are no exception, as current projects promise to shape the region’s future as the economy begins to hum again. Our City highlights the 10 developers who should have the biggest impact on our economy and on the future direction of our growth.

Murphy Development is the largest industrial developer on Otay Mesa. The family-run company has master-planned and developed nearly 9 million square feet in Otay Mesa during the past 30 years, with an emphasis on multiphase corporate industrial and technology parks.

It has three major projects in the works, but its newest project, Scripps Ranch Technology Park, takes the spotlight. Scripps Ranch Technology Park, a mixed-use office space, will have more than 1,000,000 square feet of state-of-the-art, LEED certified buildings.

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