The long vacant ground floor of the TR Produce Building (888 J Street) may finally receive an occupant under a proposal before Civic San Diego. However, because the prospective tenant is primarily an office use rather than a retail use, it will require a conditional use permit (CUP) subject to certain findings being made. The prospective tenant, Underground Elephant, “focusses on providing enterprise marketing software solutions to companies. . .” The company has 85 – 90 employees and is currently located in 600 B Street. To mitigate its non-conforming use, Underground Elephant proposes a “Coffee bar” at the front of business, which will be open to the public. Continue Reading TR Produce Creative Space Proposal Another Example of City Council’s Folly in Approving Demolition of Other Creative Space.
San Diego – Downtown’s East Village last week saw the demolition of two one-story warehouse buildings on Tenth Avenue between Island and J Street. The buildings were not deemed historical by the City but were much loved by their former tenants (e.g., Flirt Urban Salon now relocated to Eighth Ave. between F & G Streets).Continue Reading Demo Clears Way for Urbana Apartments
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. Continue Reading 15th & Commercial Affordable Housing Project Completed
San Diego – This week, Howard Blackson, principal, and director of planning at PlaceMakers [www.placemakers.com] sits down to re-imagine Paradise.Continue Reading Part III The invisible city: re-imagining Paradise