Chelsea Investment Corp in partnership with JWDA Architects Wins Bid to Build the First Affordable Housing Project on SDSU Mission Valley Campus


San Diego State University (SDSU) selected the Chelsea Investment Corporation / JWDA team to develop the first affordable housing project as a part of the larger mixed-use SDSU Mission Valley campus.  At full build out, SDSU Mission Valley includes 80 acres of parks and open space, up to 4,600 market-rate and affordable housing units, 1.6 million square feet of research and innovative space, 90,000-square-feet of retail space, a hotel, and the already built 35,000-seat Snapdragon Stadium.

The affording housing portion will be built in two phases, with the first phase providing 182 of 460 units that will be available to a population that averages 50 percent or less of the area median income.  The housing will consist of one- to four-bedroom units, ranging in size between 400-square-feet and 1,200-square-feet, paired with tenant amenities that include a high-tech community resource room, a media center and computer lab, bike storage and a bike repair station, laundry facilities and outdoor lounge spaces.

The development site is transit-oriented, with easy access to a nearby trolley stop.  Building amenities will include a 6,220-square-foot state-of-the-art childcare center and local artwork displayed as a part of the architecture, with the intent to feature the project’s identity and destination.  The project is targeting LEED Gold certification to align with the overall campus vision of providing sustainable and efficient homes and businesses as a LEED Neighborhood Development.

The JWDA team is led by Joseph O. Wong, FAIA; Matthew Geaman, AIA, LEED AP; Sophia Del Mar English, Assoc. NOMA; Eduardo Franco; and Natalia Chavira.