SAN DIEGO (CNS) - On Monday, San Diego officials celebrated the grand reopening of a downtown high-rise that will provide 154 units of affordable housing for seniors.
San Diego Square was renovated for the first time since it opened in 1979, according to Richard Gentry, president and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission, which oversaw the project.
He called it a ``top to bottom overhaul'' of the 12-story structure on Ninth Avenue, between Broadway and C Street.
"This is a property I can see out of my office window about two blocks from here, and I used to describe this property as having been appropriate if it had been built in the Soviet Union before the wall came down,'' Gentry said. "It does not look like that now.''
Workers removed ivy that covered the exterior, replaced the roof, added floor-to-ceiling windows, installed energy-efficient appliances and built a computer lab for residents. The project also included upgrades to the electrical and plumbing systems, elevators improvements, and new pavement for the parking lot.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer called the completed project a location that's "terrific and affordable'' for seniors.
"As we all know, for all too many seniors it's getting harder and harder to find an affordable place to live,'' Faulconer said.
San Diego Square will house residents aged 62 and older, who earn 60 percent or less of the San Diego area median income, or $40,800 a year for a two-person household, according to the Housing Commission.
The Housing Commission bought the building in 2014 along with its nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners, and the San Diego chapter of Local Initiatives Support Corp. It will be kept as an affordable housing development for 65 years.
Community members in La Mesa were planning a protest Monday morning outside Helix High School after video emerged over the weekend on social media showing a La Mesa police officer roughly slamming a teenage girl to the ground.
The amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland will arrive Monday to make Naval Base San Diego its new home port.
San Diego lifeguards planned to resume the search Monday morning for a man who fell off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and was never seen resurfacing.
Following rain and snow Friday evening and a weekend of cooler weather across San Diego County, a slight warming trend is expected to begin Monday and continue through at least the middle of the week.
A local war hero is about to be laid to rest. Retired Navy Captain James "Duffy" Hutton spent years of his service as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before he settled down here in San Diego.
Sunday marked day two of the government shutdown - and with the work week beginning Monday - thousands of employees may not go back to work.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.
The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.