San Diego – A new development proposal for the Northeast corner of 8th Ave. and “B” St, just East of Symphony Towers, is in design review at Civic San Diego (formerly CCDC). The site is currently partially occupied by a Brake Depot and the rest of block is surface parking. The site is already partially excavated. It comes before the Pre-Design Subcommittee of the Centre City Advisory Committee (CCAC) on Oct. 3, 2012,The project will include 797 residential units in two towers covering the entire block bounded by 8th and 9th Avenues and A and B Streets. The lead architect and developer of the project is Bruce Gray working through the entities of Gray Architects PLLC and Gray Development LLC, with financial backing by the Berkshire Multifamily Equity Fund LP. The residential units will be market rate rental apartments, including 228 studios, 444 one bedroom apartments, and 125 two bedroom apartments.
The project requires a planned development permit due to several variances from the development standards in the Centre City Planned District Ordinance (CCPDO). These variances include: At grade and above grade parking encapsulation, Ground level habitable space, Maximum “blank wall” percentage/dimensions, Maximum North-South Tower Dimension, Maximum lot coverage for towers, Minimum Tower Separation, Ground level transparency, Minimum parking stall widths, Minimum parking requirements, and Minimum storage requirements. More information can be found in the Civic San Diego staff report and the attached drawings.