Walgreens to Open Fall 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Toni Robin,, 858.483.3918

San Diego – February 24, 2014 – Officials from the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) joined District 4 Councilmember Myrtle Cole, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, and over 100 dignitaries and community members at a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony for a long awaited Walgreens – a key milestone in continuing community revitalization efforts in the district.

“Breaking ground on this community asset is a major step forward on a path towards a vibrant, sustainable community,” said JCNI President & CEO Reginald Jones as he welcomed the supporters in attendance at this community celebration. “We stand here committed to continue to work together to help deliver community assets, create jobs, and enhance our neighborhood.”

On hand for the celebration was Councilmember Myrtle Cole, who spoke enthusiastically about the construction milestone. “We want the residents in our community to stay in our community and a new Walgreens provides a much needed service, as well as new jobs. Walgreens has committed to hiring locally – both for construction and operations. That means more jobs and that is good for all of us!”

Also providing congratulations on the collaborative redevelopment project was Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, and Encanto Planning Board member Ken Malbrough. All spoke positively about the need to find innovative solutions to development and the importance of working in partnership.

JCNI Board Chair Andrew Hapke, the third generation of the Jacobs family to work with this community, put it simply when he congratulated the community. “This planning and work has truly been a community driven process with resident teams working to identify the amenities and needs of the neighborhood. We have been privileged to work with you over the years and witness the power of resident ownership of neighborhood change. I am inspired by your enthusiasm, commitment to strengthening community, and your tireless energy.”

Students from the Morse High School Culinary Arts Program working in partnership with Market Creek Events & Venues, a Jacobs owned social enterprise with a focus on providing local employment and job training, served food and refreshments. Students from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts Monk Combo Jazz Band provided entertainment for the event.

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is partnering with resident teams in southeastern San Diego to transform 60 acres into The Village at Market Creek, a LEED-certified neighborhood and vibrant cultural destination. Through a network of nonprofit and for-profit partners, locally-owned businesses and national tenants, a community and conference center, and a portfolio of social enterprise projects, JCNI is creating assets that will become economic engines for the community when the foundation sunsets in 2030. Under the banner of “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change,” the people who live and work in the community create the vision, lead the implementation and own the change in their community. Learn more at