Our Villa Encantada project in San Diego was mentioned in this article about transit-oriented developments.
MTS officials recently authorized negotiations with a development team seeking to build affordable housing on an underutilized trolley station parking lot. If approved, the proposal would more than triple the number of middle-income homes approved in San Diego since 2010.
This comes less than six months
after MTS updated its real estate policy to
encourage more housing near transit stations—an effort that appears to be
showing some results.
The plan for the Palm Avenue station
parking lot came from National CORE,
a nonprofit affordable housing developer, and Malick Infill,
a for-profit firm specializing in transit-oriented development. The team is
proposing 150 homes for low-income households and 100 homes for middle-income
households, along with retail and commercial space and parking for trolley
The MTS executive committee voted March 14 to start negotiations with the development team, after a 30-day window in which staff sought competing proposals but received none. The development team declined an interview request while negotiations are ongoing.
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