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 for people with special needs who will receive supportive services. Additionally, these units are reserved for households making less than 25% of area medium income (AMI). The other 42 units are 2 – 3 bedroom apartments available to households with less than 60% AMI. It contains 58,747 square feet of which 4,362 square feet is commercial space. It has 99 underground parking spaces, 26 of which are public spaces. The project is seeking LEED Gold certification due to a 3,500 square foot “eco-roof” and the use sustainable construction techniques and materials. The project architect was John Silber Architects and developer was Squier Properties, LLC.
In 2009 with the financial sector meltdown, the $33 million project appeared as though it would not be built for lack of funding. However, $14 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), i.e., federal stimulus funds, saved the project. It was the first affordable housing in California to receive federal stimulus funds. Other funding for the project included $8.9 million in redevelopment funding, and funds from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Citibank, the California Housing Finance Agency, the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Multifamily Housing Program (MHP), the CALReUSE environmental remediation program, and County of San Diego’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Program, according to a CCDC press release.
Photos by Bill Adams