Credit: Courtesy Withee Malcolm Architects
Mission Apartments, San Diego, California.
Located in the North Bay Redevelopment Area north of downtown San Diego and near the airport, Mission Apartments create greatly needed additional family workforce/affordable housing and delivers quality on-site social services, community investment and redevelopment. The project capitalizes on a rare “Smart Growth” opportunity to provide transit-oriented development where workers can take advantage of existing mass transit facilities, literally next door. Built on a 1.5-acre redevelopment site, the community includes 85 two and three bedroom units designed for family living. Taking advantage of a change in grade between the street entrance at the first floor and the motor court required for the parking, the architects created a pedestrian bridge that spans the motor court and steps down into the landscaped “island” courtyard to assure a safe pathway to the tot lots/play areas, outdoor seating and BBQ. Other amenities on site include a community room with offices, a kitchen, computer room and bicycle storage. Mission Apartments has achieved LEED Gold certification.
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