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College Area

College Area

The College Area is a dynamic residential community situated south of the Interstate 8, just west of the City of La Mesa. Focused development of the area was stimulated during the 1930s, when San Diego State College (San Diego State University) relocated to its current location.   The College Area is comprised of a portion of the historic El Cajon Boulevard commercial district, Alvarado Hospital, and countless charming and historic neighborhoods. It reflects both tradition and change, and is home to a diverse mix of long-time residents and SDSU students, an evolving commercial corridor featuring new and established businesses catering to families and students alike.

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College Area Community Planning Group & College Area Community Council

Meets the second Wednesday every month at 6:30 pm
College Rolando Library
6600 Montezuma Rd., San Diego, CA 92115
Chair: Jose Reynoso, president@collegearea.org


Good Neighbor Program

The Good Neighbor Program is run by the Associated Students at San Diego State University,  educating students regarding practices and behaviors that encourage them to be good neighbors in the greater community. The program builds relationships within the College Area Community, volunteering or collaborating on community events such as regular community cleanups.

Residents can contact the program at https://as.sdsu.edu/ccc/events/


Mesa Colony Community

The Mesa Colony Community is a neighborhood in the eastern part of the College Area comprising residential and business neighbors from 73rd Street to the east,  north of El Cajon Blvd. and continuing west north of Montezuma Road to Gary Street on the west.

Mesa Colony Community Group

Meets the third Wednesday every month at 6:30 pm
College-Rolando Branch Library, Community Room
6600 Montezuma Rd.
Chair: Saul Amerling, amerling@gmail.com
Mesa Colony Email: mesacolony@gmail.com 


College Area Economic Development Corporation

The College Area Economic Development Corporation, commonly known as the “College Area Business District” is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The organization serves as a business advocacy organization meeting the needs of business owners and commercial property owners within the district. The District boundaries are El Cajon Boulevard between 54th Street and 73rd Street, on Montezuma Road north of El Cajon Boulevard and College Avenue north of El Cajon Boulevard up to and including the businesses on San Diego State University campus.

The College Area Economic Development Corporation manages both the College Area Business Improvement District and the College Heights Enhanced Maintenance Assessment District to improve the commercial area.

College Area Economic Development Corporation


Meets the third Wednesday every month at 12pm
4704 College Avenue
San Diego CA 92115
Chair: Paul Russo
Executive Director Jim Schneider: (619) 582-1093, executivedirector@collegeareabid.com

Visit the College Area BID website for all BID Newsletters and current information.


College Neighborhoods Foundation

The College Neighborhoods Foundation was initiated in 1997 by a group of community volunteers with the mission of helping to enhance the quality of life and revitalize business in the College Area. Contact (619) 757-1303 or info@collegeneighborhoods.com.