The Beacon is a 44-unit studio apartment building located in Downtown San Diego City. The project is on a highly constrained site, with a site area of approx. 8,278 SF and only 60 feet of street frontage on one side. The building will provide permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals. There will be one manager’s unit onsite. All units will be maintained as affordable for individuals at or below 40% AMI.


The building is four stories of Type-VA wood construction over one story of Type I concrete garage and podium, with a gross building floor area of approximately 31,155 SF, including approx. 5,500 SF of garage and 25,655 SF of residential uses.


The project offers several amenities and services on site. Residents and guest are greeted on the street level with a comfortably-sized lobby, and a landscaped side yard that is wide enough to support trees provide ample natural light. The yard leads to a 250 SF sun deck on the second level and at the rear of the property. Eight parking spaces are provided in a secure garage on the ground level, primarily for use by service providers and guests. The fourth and fifth floors house an ample community room (approx. 600 SF), counseling office, manager’s office, and a laundry room. These are located close to each other for convenience. The community room will have a small prep kitchen, projection screen, movable chairs and tables, a lounge area with TV and computers. A private counseling office is accessible from the community room for residents who may require individual consultations with service providers. All studios are connected by an open hallway with two generous light wells that will bring in natural light and ventilation to the building.

Project Details
Type Permanent Supportive Housing
Client Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation
Location San Diego, CA
Size 31,155 SF
Services New Construction
Completed 2019
Design Team Vincent Rivera
2020 - San Diego Housing Federation Ruby Award - CSH Supportive Housing Award