Affordable housing development in San Diego County that has taken unique steps to promote energy efficiency and/or sustainability in their design and construction between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 (at least Temporary Certificate of Occupancy obtained in 2016).
The nomination shall include a list of energy efficiency, renewable generation, and other measures utilized to exceed the California Title 24 Energy Standard (Title 24 Part 6) by at least 15%., including third-party verified Home Energy Rating System measures (if any).
Nominations should also mention participation in any green building certification programs, such as: LEED for Homes, LEED New Construction, LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM), ENERGY STAR® qualified homes, or GreenPoint Rated, and/or utility programs such as California Advanced Homes Program, Energy Upgrade California™ Multifamily program, and the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate program.
The Nominees Are:
Iowa Street Apartments, San Diego Interfaith Foundation
San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation’s 120-unit Iowa Street Seniors development at 3939 Iowa Street in North Park completed October 2016, was a labor of perseverance and ingenuity. Challenges included overcoming and navigating a land seller’s complex bankruptcy process while self-funding the $2,575,000 site purchase. Community input insisted upon a contemporary design, respecting place and character while maximizing density amid existing substandard infrastructure. The result was smart growth, intelligent design and fiscal prudence culminating in a wonderful 5-story mix of one and two-bedroom units with a range of affordability levels starting at extremely low 30% Area Median Income up to 35%, 40%, 50% and 60% AMI eligibility. Boasting environmentally sustainable features, critical resident services, and tranquil inner courtyards filled with unique artwork and landscaping and home to local non-profits in three commercial office spaces, it is living proof of the substantial demand for community oriented, affordable and beautifully designed senior housing in North Park.
Promenade at Creekside, Opportune Southern California Ventures
Promenade at Creekside is a 65-unit affordable (30-60% AMI) and mixed use community with both commercial and multi-family residential uses. It is the first project in the new San Marcos Creek Specific Plan (SMC), designed to create a downtown for San Marcos. This mixed-use project redefines smart-growth development. Numerous legislative, administrative and logistical issues were overcome with great cooperation between developer, community, state and local agencies. Individual residences and commercial spaces are expressed with varied facades, roof lines, finish materials and colors. The development is designed with drought tolerant planting, well water for irrigation, recycled materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency lighting, energy-star appliances, photovoltaic panels, cool roof and increased building insulation and is LEED platinum. The design provides much needed affordable housing for families in the heart of the city with access to commerce and recreation.