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Mayor Faulconer Makes Eight City-Owned Properties Available to Build Housing for Most Vulnerable Residents

City to Seek Bids from Developers to Construct Nearly 200 Units of Permanent Supportive Housing on Proposed Sites

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – As part of his effort to create more housing for the City’s most vulnerable residents, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced he will make eight City-owned properties available to developers with the goal of building nearly 200 permanent supportive housing (PSH) units.

The City’s Real Estate Assets Department (READ) evaluated dozens of City-owned properties, including sites recommended by City Council offices, for housing potential. Other properties that weren’t in use but are currently zoned for residential and PSH were also assessed.

“We must build more housing that San Diegans can actually afford and that is especially true for those who need more than just a roof over their head,” Mayor Faulconer said. “There’s a big need for permanent supportive housing that provides on-site assistance to seniors, veterans and others who would otherwise struggle trying to live on their own. We’ve also identified sites in neighborhoods across the city to make sure every community is doing its fair share to address the housing crisis.”

The City identified eight properties – located in six of the nine City Council districts – that have the potential to allow for construction of up to 198 PSH units, including two sites in District 8 that will be focused on serving seniors. A request for proposals (RFP) is expected to be issued in June to lease five of properties. A subsequent RFP will be issued to sell the remaining properties to builders. Winning proposals will be presented to the City Council this fall.

Permanent supportive housing is housing with no limit on length of stay that is linked to on-site or off-site supportive services that assist residents in retaining housing, improving one’s health status, and maximizing one’s ability to live and, when possible, work in the community.

Since 2014, the City of San Diego has helped more than 7,500 people find a permanent or long-term home with assistance programs, including rapid rehousing, family reunification, housing vouchers and landlord engagement. Interim programs, such as the Safe Parking Program and the City’s three Bridge Shelters, help people stabilize their situation while they access resources critical to getting them ready for long-term housing.

The eight City-owned properties that will be included in the RFPs are:

  Common Name Site Code Address/Location Acres Council District Current Use Community Plan Potential Units


3043 Fairmount Avenue R623-001 3043 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego 92105 0.167 9 Unimproved vacant land City Heights 6
2 Birch St & Osborn St T516-001 Birch St, westerly of Osborn St, San Diego 92113 0.174 8 Unimproved vacant land Southeastern San Diego 5
3 NEC Friars Rd & Colusa St P317-001 Northeast corner Friars Road & Colusa Street, San Diego 92110 0.29 2 Unimproved vacant land Linda Vista 17
4 Site 892 P318PM W. Morena Blvd WLY Vega Approx .26 acres of .58ac parcel 2 Gravel Parking Lot Linda Vista 15
5 Site 359 S530-001 K Street, west of 33rd Street and northwesterly of the SD/AZ railroad 92102 0.55 8 Unimproved vacant land Southeastern San Diego 32
6 Former Mission Hills Library   Q402-001, 002, 003 925 W. Washington St. 92103 0.189 3 Former Library Building Uptown 28
7 Serra Mesa Library (former) O501LB Sandrock Rd & Hurlbut St 0.336 7 Library Serra Mesa 29
8 Miramar Ranch Park & Ride I514-001 12016 Scripps Highlands Drive, San Diego 92131 1.142 5 Parking Lot Miramar Ranch North 66

CONTACT: Greg Block at 619-227-3752 or gsblock@sandiego.gov