The 23,000 acre Otay Ranch and the other master-planned communities of South County, including Sunbow, Rolling Hills Ranch, San Miguel Ranch, and Eastlake, were approved for delivery of over 40,000 homes and multi-family units in attractive, community settings over the next two decades. These communities will provide San Diego’s largest new stock of housing for executives and staff, ranging from apartments and family oriented homes, to estate homes overlooking the spectacular Otay Lakes. The Otay Ranch Town Center, an 860,000 square foot outdoor regional mall located at the NEC of SR-125 and Birch Road in the heart of the Otay Ranch, is anchored by Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, AMC 12, and REI, and features more than 100 additional retail shops and restaurants including Anne Taylor Loft, Coach, Banana Republic, Cold Water Creek, Apple, Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s. Otay Mesa employees enjoy time-saving reverse commutes against the traditional freeway traffic on I-5 and I-805, substantially reducing the travel time between residential areas and Otay Mesa. SR-125 includes four interchanges within the Otay Ranch, offering a short, direct commute to Otay Mesa. Housing costs are a key San Diego lifestyle issue to management and other employees. Expanding companies evaluating Otay Mesa and the Otay Ranch are attracted by the South County’s residential cost advantage and the shorter commuting times, a combination that is a rare commodity in San Diego County.