New Workforce Micro-Housing Development 1st and Beech Breaks Ground


A new 20-story micro-unit tower recently broke ground in Little Italy.  Known by its address, 1st and Beech is located in a highly connected area of Little Italy, sandwiched between Bankers Hill and downtown, with convenient access to mature businesses and urban amenities.

1st and Beech neighbors the easily recognizable cylinder-shaped tower, Four Points by Sheraton San Diego and is highly visible from Interstate 5.  The project offers 220 apartments, with 7 designated as affordable for low-income tenants.  The apartments will average 556-square-feet in a mix of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.  The units offer a modern design that is efficient and cost-effective; catering to the much-needed workforce housing of the locality.

The apartments will have floor-to-ceiling windows to provide ample daylighting and picturesque views of downtown and the Marina.  Shared amenities include a fitness studio, pet spa, and bicycle parking.  An expansive roof terrace caps the tower, complete with an interior sky lounge that connects to an outdoor pool, spa, fire pit and kitchen and dining areas.  The project has a nearly perfect walk score with easy access to public transportation.

1st and Beech is anticipated to receive LEED Gold certification for its energy efficiency and sustainable practices.  Developed by Greystar, JWDA Architects is providing full architectural services on the project.  The JWDA team is led by Matthew Geaman, AIA LEED AP; David Priest AIA; Joseph Wong FAIA; Adrienne Westlund; and Zimo Ren.


Owner-Builder: Greystar

Architect: JWDA Architects

Civil: Kettler Leweck

Landscape Architect: EPT

Structural Engineer: KOR

Mechanical Engineer: Robison Engineers

Plumbing Engineer: AMPAM Parks

Electrical Engineer: Salas O’Brien

Interior Design: VIDA