This mixed-use project incorporates the majority of an urban block in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. The existing and new buildings occupy a prominent site and their design transforms what was an auto oriented 1950’s strip mall back to its original turn of the century pedestrian oriented storefront, reinforcing the gateway to this historic neighborhood. From the project inception in 2003, the design team involved the neighborhood in the design process. After numerous hearings and community meetings, compromises were made, including a reduced maximum height. 


The project was completed in two phases: 


  • Phase 1, completed in September of 2007, restored the historic storefront pattern along a major neighborhood street. This phase resulted in 20,000 square feet of commercial office and retail uses as well as eight units of affordable rental housing.
  • Phase 2, completed in June 2009, resulted in a pedestrian paseo through the site, 5,300 s.f. of retail space, sixty-one market-rate condominiums, and two levels of subterranean parking. Townhouses with entry porches and additional commercial storefronts on the public sidewalk reinforce the historic traditional plan of the neighborhood.




Project Details
Type Mixed-Use Commercial Redevelopment; Podium Construction 
Client CLB Partners; RS Lawrence
Location Mission Hills - San Diego, CA
Size One city block; 5,300 SF Retail; 61-market rate condos
Services Historic Preservation, renovation and new construction
Completed 2009
2007 - Save our Heritage Award by the Mission Hills Town Council;
2008 - Historic Preservation Award by the City of San Diego
2009- Smart Growth Award by the Urban Land Institute
2010 - Award of Distinction by San Diego Architecture Foundation and the County of San Diego and Gold Nugget Grand Award
Design Team Mark Steele - Principal-In-Charge
Steve Miles - Principal Designer
Consultant Team
Spurlock Landscape Architects
Heritage Architecture & Planning