Vista del Puente Housing
The Vista del Puente project will be designed to serve the unique needs of families and veterans. The site has been selected for close proximity to community amenities such as MTS Bus Routes, Cesar Chavez and Balboa Elementary schools, Southcrest Recreation Center, Willie Henderson Sports Complex, Educational Cultural Complex, the Northgate Gonzalez Market and Mountain View Beckworth Library.
The Vista del Puente development will contain a total of 52 new housing units in the Southcrest neighborhood, including 6 one bedroom units comprised of 500 square feet, each with a full kitchen and full bathroom. There will be thirty 750 square foot two bedroom with a full kitchen and full bathroom, plus sixteen three bedroom units covering 1,100 square feet, each with a full kitchen and two full bathrooms.
Townspeople’s architect Caryn Bailey envisions a combination of two and three story buildings, including two courtyards, a play area, a community meeting room and on-site office, a fully equipped kitchen for resident gatherings, as well as a pantry, laundry and maintenance room. The community room and management office will be the location for on-site services, such as tenant meetings, after school activities and financial literacy classes. Onsite services are critical to resident stability.
The development of the Vista del Puente project will include a solar hot water system, low-e windows, a domestic solar hot water system, a photovoltaic electrical system, Energy Star appliances and fixtures, and new high efficiency heat/air conditioning systems. Additionally, Townspeople will implement water conservation features to accompany a California native and naturalized plant landscape.
The Vista del Puente Project will significantly increase the housing stock in the Southcrest Community. Historically, the Southcrest community’s annual growth rate in housing units has been low, but given its central location and proximity to transit and freeways, the area is ideal for transit oriented affordable housing. Moreover, the need for affordable housing in San Diego is great, particularly for veterans and families and those struggling with HIV/AIDS. The Vista del Puente Project will expand the affordable housing for at risk community members.