California lawmakers have approved a bill that establishes oversight of elected officials over planning decisions of development corporations, such as that in downtown San Diego.
As the economy improves, California’s affordable housing crisis is worsening. The average rent in California ($1,240) is almost fifty percent higher than the national average. This is pricing out our state’s low-wage blue collar workers, who have flat incomes and rising commutes. It would take a service worker in San Jose 20 years to save […]
There is a building boom across California, but many communities have been historically left behind. Property tax increment has served as a planning and investment tool to provide public benefits such as affordable housing, good jobs and neighborhood amenities. However, with the end of redevelopment, cash-poor cities across California are exploring innovative strategies to fund […]
Nobody likes uncertainty. Certainly not the developers of a billion dollar mixed-use project that encounters community opposition due to traffic impacts. Nor the public transportation agency that runs into fairy shrimp on the future route of a trolley line. Nor the city planners for multifamily housing around a transit station that face a revolt from […]
With the demise of redevelopment in California, some cities are looking for creative ways to stay solvent. One idea is to leverage New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) to buy properties and become landlords. This acquisition fund concept was recently adopted by Civic San Diego (CivicSD), a nonprofit corporation that is a consultant to the city […]
Things are looking up for the historic Hotel Churchill on “C” St. & 9th Ave. in downtown San Diego.
The former San Diego Athletic Club, turned Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, turned World Trade Center, turned Connections Housing unveiled its new paint job this week,
The apartment project on the back side of the Albertsons Grocery Store in San Diego’s East Village has broken ground.
San Diego – Father Joe’s Villages has finished construction of a 12 story 65 unit affordable housing project at 1506 Commercial Street. 49 of the units are reserved for homeless, or persons at risk of being homeless with special needs such as mental illness or HIV/AIDS.
San Diego – the Cedar Gateway project was recently completed in the Cortez Hill neighborhood. The six story 65 unit residential apartment building is located at 1620 Sixth Avenue on the block bounded by 5th and 6th Avenues, Cedar Street and I-5. It is an affordable housing project with 23 one bedroom apartments set aside […]