Studio E Architects is excited to report that construction on 9th & Broadway – our award-winning, 250-unit high-rise affordable housing tower – has officially commenced! A groundbreaking ceremony for the project, rechristened Celadon at 9th & Broadway by client BRIDGE Housing, was held on site on February 8th with a bevy of well-wishing speakers including Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-78th); San Diego Mayor Bob Filner; San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria; Jeff Graham, Civic San Diego; Rick Gentry, San Diego Housing Commission; and key members of the BRIDGE Housing Team.
On an underutilized urban infill site that until recently housed cars on a surface parking lot, Celadon at 9th and Broadway will add 250 affordable rental apartments for individuals and small families – as well as prime ground-level commercial space – to the transit-oriented eastern Broadway corridor of downtown San Diego. The apartments will be available to residents with annual incomes of up to $38,700 for a two-person household, with monthly rents varying from $408 to $879 depending on applicant income, household size and apartment square footage. Eighty-eight of the apartments will be devoted to supportive housing, including twenty-five units for youth that are aging out of foster care and other special-needs residents; Sixty-three apartments will serve frail seniors under the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
Studio E’s design for Celadon at 9th and Broadway imagines an urban residential type wholly-influenced by San Diego’s unique climate and setting. Lofty, efficient-yet-sophisticated residences – with tall ceilings, large operable windows, and compact, but well-equipped kitchens – have views to the San Diego Bay or downtown skyline. Residents will have access to landscaped terraces, trellised roof decks and garden courts. The building will be a model of sustainable design in an urban setting – the project is expected to achieve a LEED Silver rating – incorporating such features as drought-tolerant roof gardens, a generously-sized photovoltaic array to harness solar energy for house electrical loads and naturally-ventilated corridors. Construction, by general contractors Turner Construction Company & Highland Partnership, is slated to be complete in Spring 2015.