Work Starts on $20.4M Affordable Apartment Complex in Encanto

Construction recently got underway on Ouchi Courtyard, a $20.4 million affordable-housing community with ground-floor retail in San Diego’s Encanto neighborhood.

A statement from Civic San Diego, which oversees projects in the city’s southeastern neighborhoods, said the mixed-use project at 5003 Imperial Ave. in Lincoln Park includes 45 apartments, seven of which will be set aside as supportive housing for residents with developmental disabilities.

The complex will also have community spaces and retailers, with tenants yet to be announced.

The project is being developed and planned by entities including Carlsbad-based Chelsea Investment Corp. and Southern California Housing Collaborative, and was designed by Hedenkamp Architecture & Planning. Project funding was provided in part through a $5.4 million loan from Civic San Diego, along with tax credit equity and developer-provided funding.

Officials said the project aligns with a community vision plan established in 2005 to revitalize Encanto’s Imperial Avenue corridor. Construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2017.

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