IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego (Agency) is dissolved as of February 1, 2012, per Assembly Bill 1X 26 (AB 26). The City of San Diego, serving as the successor agency per Resolution No. R-307238 (PDF) (January 12, 2012), has assumed the former Agency's assets, rights, and obligations under the California Community Redevelopment Law, subject to some limitations, and is winding down the former Agency's affairs and taking other actions in accordance with the dissolution provisions in Part 1.85 of AB 26. For questions regarding either the enforceable/recognized obligations of the former Agency or the Oversight Board, contact the Office of the Mayor at (619) 236-6330 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This website remains intact for historical reference purposes.
The City of San Diego's 555-acre North Park Redevelopment Project Area is centrally located within five miles of downtown San Diego and adjacent to beautiful Balboa Park. It is bounded by Interstate 805 to the east and Park Boulevard to the west and stretches as far north as Adams Avenue and as far south as Upas Street.
Redevelopment in the Project Area focuses on the revitalization of North Park's commercial corridors, with special attention paid to the revitalization of the El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue corridors. Historic preservation and public art are incorporated features within the redevelopment focus. There is a strong sense of civic pride in North Park, and for this reason the community is actively involved in redevelopment projects in an effort to ensure high-quality design and construction and to retain the historic craftsman-style homes for which the neighborhood is known.
The Redevelopment Agency has produced videos summarizing the projects, programs, and opportunities within the North Park Redevelopment Project Area. Click on the links below to view the videos:
To report difficulty accessing these documents or to request the documents in an alternative format, contact Eliana Barreiros at (619) 236-6267.
The North Park Redevelopment PAC meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104.
In August 2010, the Redevelopment Agency acquired the vacant former Woolworth building at 3067 University Avenue for $1.95 million. In September 2011, the City of San Diego entered into a Disposition and Development Agreement with a local development team for a mixed-use project to include approximately 6,225 square feet of ground floor retail space and six market-rate 2-bedroom apartments on the second floor. The project will conform to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and will also include sidewalk and alley improvements and new lighting and landscaping. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2012 and end in late 2012.
The approximately 36,000-square-foot building at 3029 University Avenue opened in 1942 as one of only two new J.C. Penney stores during World War II. It has been vacant since 2008 and is suffering the effects of age. In 2010, Wang's North Park entered into a long-term master lease with the owners of the building and developed plans to renovate two floors of the building for a new Pan-Asian restaurant. The Redevelopment Agency provided a $500,000 forgivable loan for a $1.7 million rehabilitation of the building that will activate this important commercial storefront and provide 60 new jobs.
The Redevelopment Agency provided a $5.6 million residuals receipts loan to Community HousingWorks for development of the Kalos affordable housing project located on Florida Street south of University Avenue. Construction began in August 2011 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2012. When completed, the project will provide 82 affordable rental units featuring one, two, and three bedrooms for households earning 50% to 60% of the area median income. Amenities will include subterranean parking, energy conservation systems, and "green" building technologies.
The highly anticipated and long-awaited Garage Art Project was completed in January 2011. The goal of this project was to give a local artist the opportunity to share his or her work and at the same time enrich the community with color and design. The Redevelopment Agency contracted with local artist Blair Thornley to design and produce the 16 pieces of art that were installed on the four sides of the North Park Public Parking Garage. Thornley's whimsical drawings have appeared in many national publications, among which include the New York Times, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.
Built in 1946, the historic Lafayette Hotel is located at 2223 El Cajon Boulevard. The Redevelopment Agency provided a $2.45 million forgivable loan for a $6 million rehabilitation of the 131-room hotel with a swimming pool. The rehabilitation is anticipated to be completed by end of 2011 and is expected to generate additional transient occupancy taxes for the City. The work is being done in phases, allowing the Colonial-style hotel to remain open in the interim.
The Redevelopment Agency provided a $2 million loan in tandem with a matching loan from the San Diego Housing Commission for a local non-profit to acquire the North Park Inn at 2625 University Avenue and rehabilitate it into an 18-unit affordable rental project for individuals that have been dual-diagnosed with alcohol and/or drug use and mental health issues. Construction was completed in November 2010. In June 2011, the San Diego Housing Federation recognized the rehabilitation with its Housing Project of the Year (Special Needs) award.
The Boulevard Apartments are located at 3133–3137 El Cajon Boulevard, on the south side of El Cajon Boulevard between Iowa Street and Illinois Street, two blocks west of the Interstate 805 freeway. Completed in 2009, the project provides a total of 24 affordable housing units, approximately 2,000-square-feet of commercial space, and a 17-space parking garage on a 0.24-acre site.
The Renaissance at North Park is a $32 million mixed-use development project that will provide 108 units of affordable housing, with additional components consisting of commercial space, parking, community facilities, and 24 market-rate town homes. The first phase of the project was completed in September 2006. The final phase, 24 townhomes on Kansas Street, was completed in January 2007.
Western Pacific Housing, a D.R. Horton Company, developed a $62 million, 224-unit residential condominium project located south of Lincoln Avenue between 30th Street and Ohio Street. This project includes 15,600 square feet of ground-level commercial space. Additionally, 45 of the residential units are available for purchase by moderate-income households. The project was completed October 2006.
The North Park Theatre, a cornerstone of the community since 1928, was rehabilitated and is once again a live performance venue, which reopened in October 2005. The renovation included interior and exterior restoration, installation of state-of-the-art production facilities and a new theatre entrance and marquee. The total cost for the theatre project was approximately $12 million. The new vertical marquee, part of additional rehabilitation and improvements made to the theatre, was unveiled in October 2010.
The $14 million North Park Public Parking Garage is a mixed-use facility providing 388 parking spaces in five levels. The structure, conveniently located in the heart of North Park, also features nearly 15,000 square feet of retail space and supports the success of the North Park Theatre Redevelopment Project. The facility was completed in February 2006 and eases vehicular access into the area by both visitors and locals alike, thereby promoting commercial and other activities.
The Redevelopment Agency coordinated with the Adams Avenue Business Association to purchase and install 20 decorative streetlights along 30th Street from El Cajon Boulevard to Adams Avenue. The project, consisting of 10 single-globe lights and 10 double-globe lights, was completed in 2005 and is currently maintained by a maintenance assessment district. The attractive antique-style lights brighten up dark mid-block areas and assist in the elimination of blighting conditions and crime inside the Project Area. The Redevelopment Agency contributed $90,000 to the project.
Housing Enhancement Loan
The North Park Redevelopment Housing Enhancement Loan Program (HELP) provides forgivable loans to help low- and moderate-income owner-occupants within the North Park community repair and improve their homes.
The Storefront Improvement Program for Redevelopment Project Areas provides forgivable loans to property owners and business tenants in the North Park Redevelopment Project Area as an incentive to improve commercial property façades consistent with the design standards for the commercial area.
For more information about the North Park Redevelopment Project Area, contact the following:
Redevelopment Project Area Manager
Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego
1200 Third Avenue, 14th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
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