Family Health Centers of San Diego’s proposed housing project
By Laura Riebau
In November 2020 and on Jan. 13, 2021, Anthony White, Director of Community & Government Relations for Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD), David Whisenhunt, Vice President of Physical Facilities, Family Health Centers of San Diego and Matthew Winter AIA, LEED AP, Director of Mixed-Use Architecture LPA introduced plans FHCSD has for a mixed-use project on El Cajon Boulevard, between Dayton Street and 55th Street.
The plan is for a 10-story building with two floors below ground and eight floors above, about 100 feet tall from ground level. The building will have medical offices, some retail space on the main floor, 246 parking places and 142 units of residential housing; 42 units will be for FHCSD resident doctors, about half of the units will be studios, the other half will be one-bedrooms with a handful of two-bedroom units.
We were told the housing would be in the affordable income ranges, but not what that range is or who the target tenant would be – though we did ask. The responses from residents at the meeting varied from liking the new development to concerns about the use of the building and that the building is too tall for the surrounding single family housing community. For perspective, the student housing near SDSU on College Avenue is six stories tall. You can look at the heights at sgpa.com/projects/sdsusouth-campus-plaza.
Family Health Centers of San Diego is one of the nation’s 10 largest Federally Qualified Health Centers. It operates 49 sites across San Diego County, providing care to over 200,000 patients each year, of whom 91% are low-income and 29% are uninsured. You can read more about FHCSD at fhcsd.org.