Friday, July 20, 2012

COMM22 Project Breaks Ground in Southeast San Diego

COMM22 Board Member Richard Barrera recently joined Mayor Jerry Sanders, City Councilmember David Alvarez and other dignitaries in celebrating the groundbreaking of “COMM22” in southeast San Diego. “COMM22” is a public-private venture that is providing mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented development located at Commercial and 22nd streets, on a four-acre, former San Diego Unified maintenance facility site.

Ultimately, “COMM22” will combine 130 affordable family apartments and 70 senior affordable apartments with day care facilities, community-serving commercial and retail space, office space, market rate live/work lofts and for-sale townhomes. The lofts will be housed in a rehabilitated warehouse building, with the remainder of the development consisting of new construction. The master-planned development will also feature enhanced plaza areas for public gatherings, strong pedestrian connectivity throughout the site and convenient access to public transportation. The site is being co-developed by BRIDGE Housing and MAAC, in partnership with San Diego Unified.

The project is a perfect example of a public-private venture that benefits the school district, city and community, as well as our students and their families. At San Diego Unified, our concern for our students extends beyond the school campus. We know students learn and achieve more when they live in a safe and positive environment. This project will provide that.

The first phase of the development process begins this summer, when area infrastructure will receive significant upgrades such as streetscape improvements, storm drains, water and sewer lines, and undergrounding of power lines. Construction on the family and senior apartments is scheduled to be complete by June 2014.

For more information on this project, contact, Georgiana Becker, real estate specialist for San Diego Unified, at or 619-725-7274 or Jeff Williams, project manager for BRIDGE Housing Corp., at or 619-231-6300, ext. 501.