30th & Redwood – just an idea

DISCLAIMER: THIS PROJECT IS AN IDEA ONLY, THIS IS NOT PROPOSED TO BE BUILT.

It seems that there may have been some misunderstandings about this blog post. To be clear, this is just a concept design at this stage. We were simply engaged by our client to study the sites potential based on the San Diego Municipal Code. This was simply our idea based on this request. This is not approval, nor has it even been submitted for approval. Its just a feasibility study concept, which is very typical in the preliminary process for any development. Thank you.

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The ’30th & Redwood’ property is a prominate site in North Park located on the corner of 30th Street and Redwood, with 30th Street being previously a main trolley thoroughfare between North and South Park, which is now dominated by vehicles.

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Hence, this site currently exemplifies the car culture by having a laundromat on the corner surrounded by parking spaces in a neighborhood defined by an increasing mixed-use residential density.

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Corner sites like this typically define a neighborhood by virtue of its function and not it’s form, with the ‘non-descript’ laundromat building sharing the street intersection with a flower shop and liquor store on the opposite corner.

The site with the laundromat currently has a maximum development opportunity for residential units with retail component. In order to keep the current neighborhood identity, DBRDS has proposed to keep and remodel the existing laundromat building by inserting a small neighborhood restaurant/bar in the corner of the existing building and reducing the current laundromat into a more compact operation. Shaded outdoor seating areas are proposed, providing a more social friendly gathering space for locals as well as users of the restaurant and laundromat.

Behind the existing corner building 8 x two storey residential units are proposed, elevated above on grade parking for the entire site. Existing vehicular entry and exits will be retained without disrupting the current traffic conditions. Residential pedestrian access is from both main streets as well at the alley, activating the street where possible rather than treating the residential complex as a gated community detached from the urban fabric.

There is also the possibility of directly connecting the residential complex to the rooftop garden over the corner neighborhood building providing a social recreation zone for the residents as well as a green sustainable garden producing produce for both the residents and the restuarant below.

The layering of the existing corner neighborhood building with the new modern residential units, the reintepretation of the old and the introduction of the new, is intedned to provide a more architectural expression and definition of a neighborhood corner. The corner store is no longer a destination to drive to but a destination to walk to, to enjoy, to interact and socialize, they way true neighborhood centres should be.

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4 comments

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  2. I’ve lived in this neighborhood since the late-90s and have done my laundry here plenty of times. Bought a place 3 blocks from here 2 years ago and can’t wait to see this development take place! With this, The North Parker, and continued improvements in S Park, it’s an exciting era for development in our neighborhood! Now if we could just get that joint-use park at McKinley going…

  3. I’ve lived in this neighborhood since the late-90s and have done my laundry here plenty of times. Bought a place 3 blocks from here 2 years ago and can’t wait to see this development take place! With this, The North Parker, and continued improvements in S Park, it’s an exciting era for development in our neighborhood! Now if we could just get that joint-use park at McKinley going…

  4. Thanks for the comments afx114. At this stage, just to be clear, this is simply a concept design. This particular client came to us and simply said “what can I do with this site per the City of San Diego Municipal Code Design Regulations?” and this was our response. Hopefully a proposal that maintains the community character of this important corner, while activating, opening & re-using a currently introverted corner building, while adding dynamic 2 story residential units around the rest of the site. Its an idea, one that is being discussed, but nothing set in stone at this point.

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