This week, Studio E is proud to announce the groundbreaking of SolTerra – a 49-unit senior housing project in El Cajon, California. Designed for Affirmed Housing Group and consisting of two four-story, mixed-use buildings, the project provides a point of transition between the commercial/retail development of downtown to the southeast, and the residential neighborhoods to the northwest.
The north building will house the project’s offices and a community room that opens out onto a street front public plaza and orange grove, while the south building will provide 2,000 square feet of retail space. Green features will include solar thermal panels for hot water, photovoltaic arrays for on-site electricity generation, and extensive bio-retention measures to filter any stormwater collected on site – directing a precious resource back into the aquifer where it belongs rather than losing it to runoff.
With a prime location just a short walk from the shopping, restaurants and public spaces of downtown, SolTerra will further encourage an active lifestyle amongst its residents with terrace-level community garden plots in both buildings, a fitness/music room on site, and a flex car to better accommodate car-free living.
We are all looking forward to the Grand Opening celebration in May, 2013!