JWDA participates in Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Revitalization Tour of 525 Olive


Hosted by Greystar, JWDA was honored to participate in a tour with the Urban Land Institute Revitalization Council for the “525 Olive” project in the Bankers Hill neighborhood of downtown San Diego.  Construction for 525 Olive is nearly complete with tenants scheduled to move in end of April.  Greystar is the Owner-Developer for this $100.2 million project, with JWDA serving as Architect and Jules Wilson Design Studio as Interior Designer.

This 20-story mixed use tower is located directly west of San Diego landmark Balboa Park and shares a site with St. Paul’s Cathedral with approximately 30,000-SF of interior and exterior assembly and office space dedicated to support the cathedral’s ministry to the community.  The nearly 300,000-SF development includes 204 residential units, with access to a comprehensive amenity package. 18 of the 204 units are designated affordable for low-income residents.   The project is anticipated to achieve LEED certification.

Tour participants were given exclusive view of the residential grand lobby and leasing office, indoor-outdoor fitness room, sky lounge and pool deck, and model 2-bedroom unit with a Q&A following the tour.  David Priest AIA, Project Executive for 525 Olive during design development and construction, alongside Sophia Del Mar English, Project Manager during preliminary design and entitlement, represented the JWDA team for this event.

The mission of the Urban Revitalization Council (URC) is to explore the best practices for redevelopment and revitalization of city centers, older neighborhoods and districts, and other core urban areas.  This includes a focus on urban planning, infrastructure development, architecture, street and civic space design, real estate development, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, economic development, social equity and community engagement.