By Daily Transcript staff, San Diego Source
The San Diego Housing Federation honored the top apartment projects and community advocates of the year during the recent Affordable Housing and Community Development Awards ceremony.
Los Vecinos, by Wakeland Housing and Development Corp., received the SDG&E Energy Efficiency Award.
The Chula Vista project received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating for sustainable construction — the highest ranking available under the U.S. Green Building Council.
Formerly a motel, the property was renovated to serve as apartments. The apartment complex is highly energy efficient, and includes a solar array that generates a portion of the building’s energy needs.
The Los Vecinos project was also honored with the Housing Project of the Year Award in the Fewer Than 50 Units category.
The Housing Project of the Year Award in the More Than 50 Units category was presented to Los Vientos Las Palmas Foundation/AMCAL San Diego, for recycling contaminated land and dilapidated commercial properties into two buildings of LEED Silver affordable homes.
Father Joe’s Villages was presented with the Inclusionary Housing Award, for its 12-story affordable family apartments project at 16th and Market.
The East Village apartment complex is the result of an agreement with the Ballpark Village developer to meet the city’s needs for affordable rentals.
The Housing Project of the Year award in the Special Needs category went to Fairweather Lodge in Escondido.
Operated by Interfaith Community Services, the property provides affordable supportive housing and employment opportunities for people with mental illness.
Turnagain Apartments in Fallbrook received the Housing Project of the Year Award in the Rehabilitation category.
Developer Community HousingWorks was honored for perseverance in finding ways to overcome federal regulations and rehabilitate the property, which was neglected by its former owner.
San Diego Housing Federation also honored contributions by a handful of individuals and organizations.
John Walters of the Association for Community Housing Solutions received the Outstanding Service to Residents Award for his support of mentally ill residents.
The CHS Supportive Housing Award was presented to Jennifer LeSar, of Lesar Development, for managing the Centre City Development Corp.’s $10 million fund for affordable supportive housing.
LeSar was instrumental in establishing the organization’s goal of creating 500 new units of supportive housing.
The Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego was honored as Outstanding Government Agency for its role in the development of two affordable housing communities in Barrio Logan.
The agency assisted in navigating multiple approvals, rezoning and securing community support.
Rosemary Johnston, of Interfaith Shelter Network, was honored as Outstanding Advocate for a decade of work to secure shelter for the homeless.
The John Craven Memorial Award was presented to Mandy Mills, of the city of Chula Vista, for her advocacy and coordination of city services and approvals for the Los Vecinos apartment development.
Benson & Bohl Architects was honored as Outstanding Development Partner for the design of Parkside apartments in the East Village. The apartment building and underground parking structure wrap around the East Village Community Church.
A Lifetime Achievement Ward was also presented to Nico Calavita, a professor emeritus at San Diego State University.
Calavita is a longtime advocate of inclusionary housing policies, requiring developers include homes for people of multiple income levels when building housing developments.