Progress continues on Riverwalk – a 50-unit affordable family housing development, with Affirmed Housing Group, being built on a sliver parcel in south San Diego. We are using a new product (for us) – Smartside by LP. It is a little thicker and easier to cut than other cement fiber lap siding that we have used before. The increased heft results in a deeper shadow line and less oil-canning – a big plus!
We have likened this project to building a ship in a bottle. Check out the site diagram and see how little area was left once all the encumbrances and requirements were overlaid.
Crazy, right? This is typical of sites available for affordable housing in SoCal.
The vibe of this project pays homage to the local but long forgotten Little Lander Colony No. 1 – a utopian experiment founded by wild-eyed visionary William E. Smythe in 1906. The motto of this unique agricultural settlement was “A Little Land and a Living” – causing the settlers to be dubbed Little Landers.
A little land was certainly all the was available for these family apartments. Still as the project progresses we are optimistic that we have designed a very nice place – if not a utopia – for folks to live.