Trolley Residential Groundbreaking Coming July 15

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New Places to Call Home Are Coming to the
Diamond Neighborhoods!

Join us to celebrate the start of construction on 52-units of new affordable multi-family apartment homes.

Trolley Residential Project Groundbreaking Ceremony
Wednesday, July 15
3:30 pm

Southeast corner of Market Street and Market Creek Place Driveway

FREE parking is available at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA

Located adjacent to the MTS Euclid Transit Center, this project will help create a more walkable community and is one part of transforming the Diamond Neighborhoods into a place where residents can live, work, play, and create. Come be part of the revitalization!

All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Please contact Liz Faris at LFaris@jacobscenter.org or (619) 527-6161 ext. 376 with questions.

The Results of the Redevelopment Survey are in!

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The results of the Jacobs Center’s Redevelopment Survey were announced at our second Town Hall meeting held on Thursday, June 25. The survey, which concluded last month, asked residents which restaurants, retailers and services they would like to see in their neighborhood.

In addition to listing business that are growing, the survey also asked for resident’s ideas. The top results from each category are listed below:

Full Service Restaurants: 

  • BJ’s Brewhouse
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Islands

Casual Dining Restaurants:

  • Phil’s BBQ
  • Denny’s
  • Buffalo Wild Wings

Fast Casual Restaurants:

  • Wings N’ Things/Wing Stop
  • Pick Up Stix
  • Nektar Juice Bar

Retailers:

  • Petco
  • Sally Beauty Supply
  • AutoZone

Service Providers:

  • A credit union
  • Planet Fitness
  • Supercuts or Massage Envy

Additionally, there was a strong desire to bring more local businesses to the area.

Moving forward, our redevelopment team will explore these options and see which ones are compatible with the local market in the Diamond Neighborhoods.

Everyone who participated in the survey was entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to the top selected full service restaurant, which was BJ’s Brewhouse. Nora Rocha was the randomly selected winner. Congratulations Nora and thank you to everyone who completed a survey!

Community Comes Together to Focus on Redevelopment at Town Hall 2

Last night more than 100 residents, community partners, and Jacobs Center staff gathered in the auditorium at St. Rita’s Catholic School for the second in a series of Town Hall meetings dedicated to the revitalization of the Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This Town Hall meeting focused on redevelopment projects, primarily infrastructure improvements that will create the foundation to transform the community into a vibrant town center.

The evening started with a lively performance by Souljahz Ministry, a local Samoan youth dance troupe that got the crowd involved and ready to participate and a wonderful welcome form local resident and member of our Redevelopment Community Working Group Keryna Johnson.

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Jacobs Center Vice President of Economic Development, Stephen Maduli-Williams updated residents on recent and upcoming projects that will restore the natural and built environment. Hazard Construction was announced as the general contractor for the Chollas Creek Restoration Project which will start construction later this summer. This project includes re-planting native pants, removing invasive plant species, and preventing erosion to create a space where residents can gather and enjoy the outdoors. A pedestrian bridge will also be added providing a safer pathway for students attending Horton Elementary School.  Also coming soon is a new look for the decade old Market Creek Plaza. The bustling retail center will be refreshed and reinvigorated with a newly painted exterior, a restriped and resurfaced parking lot, and the addition of landscaping. Additionally, at the end of July our artistic powerhouse Writerz Blok will be moving to a new temporary space in Festival Park next to the Market Creek Amphitheater, behind Food 4 Less to make space for more developments in the Market Street and Euclid Avenue area. Writerz Blok will continue to offer urban art programs and pathways to creative careers for local youth in their temporary home.

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Residents were specifically asked for their feedback on several projects and plans that will make the Diamond Neighborhoods more walkable and bike-friendly. Among these projects is the creation of a Community Facilities District to proactively address necessary infrastructure upgrades in the Market Street and Euclid Avenue area. The Jacobs Center is partnering with the City of San Diego on this special financing district that will help increase property values and encourage future investments in the area. The Jacobs Center’s draft Community Economic Opportunity Plan was also available for public review and comment. This plan will help ensure that investments in the Diamond are maximized to enhance the quality of life for all residents. The goal for the final plan is create a community with a stronger, more equitable economy. The draft plan is also available for review and comment online until mid-July.

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Additionally, residents were asked to choose their preference for a new color palette for the exterior of Market Creek Plaza and a name for the Trolley Residential multi-family apartments set to break ground soon. They also had a say in whether or not a movie theater would be a good addition to the community.

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The results of the Jacobs Center’s Redevelopment Survey that concluded last month were also shared at last night’s Town Hall. The survey asked what restaurants, retailers, and services residents would like in their community. The survey listed options of businesses that are growing and asked residents for their ideas.  The top choices in each category were:

Full Service Restaurant: BJ’s Brewhouse, California Pizza Kitchen, and Islands

Casual Dining Restaurant: Phil’s BBQ, Denny’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings

Fast Casual Restaurant: Wings N’ Things or Wing Stop, Pick Up Stix, and Nektar Juice Bar

Retailers: Petco, Sally Beauty Supply, and AutoZone

Service: A Credit Union, Planet Fitness, Supercuts, and Massage Envy

Moving forward, the Jacobs Center will explore these options and see which are compatible with the local market in the Diamond. Having a strong anchor business in place will also help to encourage local businesses to come to the community. A desire for more local businesses was also expressed in the survey feedback.

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Our Town Hall series will continue next year. In the meantime you can see more photos from the second Town Hall on our Facebook page and see what people had to say on social media and share your thoughts using the hashtag #JacobsTownHall.

Your Opinion Matters! Provide Your Input on Safer and More Walkable Streets and be Entered for the Chance to Win!

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Support Safer and More Walkable Streets in the Diamond!

Take the Community Facilities District Survey 

Your input is needed to make improvements along the Market Street and Euclid Avenue corridors. We are creating a Community Facilities District to fund the improvements needed to transform the area into a beautiful and vibrant activity center. To do so we will tax only the properties owned by the the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation along Market Street and Euclid Avenue. Our goal is to make the area a safer and more creative place to gather, work, live, learn, and play together. Please take a brief moment to complete a few multiple choice questions.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY 

By completing the survey you will be  entered into a drawing to receive a $50 gift card to your choice of one of the Market Creek Plaza retailers or the new Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue plus two tickets to an upcoming Jazz at the Creek concert. Make sure to include your contact information so we know how to reach you if you win!

The Children of Southeastern San Diego Welcome Congressman John Lewis and the Co-Creators of March

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The Civil Rights Movement Comes to Life in Southeastern San Diego!

Activist and respected member of Congress John Lewis and his award-winning co-creators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell of the graphic novel series March make a special presentation following their 2015 Comic-Con appearance.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from someone who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SUNDAY, JULY 12
3:30 – 5 PM
(Doors open at 3 PM)
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, Celebration Hall
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114
Free parking available on-site

March has become a key resource to teach the next generation about a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. Congressman Lewis is an international icon, and his story is now more relevant than ever. See why this project has become such a phenomenon – Join the March!

All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Space is limited. Reserve your ticket online at MarchinSESanDiego.EventBrite.com or call Evonne Smith at 858.361.2562.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Please plan to arrive by 2:45 pm. Arrive with everyone in your group. The program will start and doors will close promptly at 3:30 pm.

Be Part of Building Your Community! Construction Careers Event – June 18

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Construction Careers Recruitment Event 

The Jacobs Center is starting work on a new redevelopment project. Join us to meet the Chollas Creek Restoration Project general contractor and subcontractors as well as construction training providers. Residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Thursday, June 18
3-5 pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, Community Room (first floor)
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

Chollas Creek Restoration
This project will remove invasive plant species, re-vegetate the creek with native plants, and re-direct creek flows to reduce flooding. It will also beautify the area with public art works and create places for residents to gather and enjoy the outdoors. A pedestrian bridge across the creek will be added to provide a safer pathway for students attending Horton Elementary School.

For more information or questions email DiamondJobs@JacobsCenter.org.

This project is funded in part by the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Prop 84) and with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Shock’N the Park is this Sunday, June 7 – FREE

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Join us for hip-hop, break, and street dance performances by The Culture Shock Dance Troupe Familyprofessional entertainers ages five to 45!

Sunday, June 7
1 – 4:30 pm
Market Creek Amphitheater
310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114 (located behind the Food 4 Less)
Parking is available at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue

FREE

Bring your hats, mats, and blankets. Join the open freestyle session pre- and post-show!

 Guest Emcee Lenon Peachlum will be on hand to get you pumped up as well as:

All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Learn more about Culture Shock Dance Troupe at cultureshockdance.org/sandiego 

National Day of Civic Hacking Kicks Off This Friday, June 5

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Local Groups Join Forces for San Diego’s Participation in Coast-to-Coast Civic Engagement Event Attracting Thousands

HackForChange2015-StickerKids, parents, programmers and public officials come together to ‘build a better San Diego’ as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. The co-alition of organizing groups is led by Open San Diego, a Brigade Chapter of Code for America, the group coordinating the national efforts. Activities will take place at four diferent sites in three different neighborhoods. There will be something to do for anyone interested in presentations and hands-on experiences aimed at making the lives of San Diegans better.

A civic hack will take place in southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods during the Urban Collaborative Project’s Taste of the 4 Corners:

Friday, June 5
5 – 7 pm
Southwest Corner of Imperial Avenue and Euclid Avenue

Come experience good food from local food trucks and connect with your neighbors! During this time the Jacobs Center will be implementing their civic hack of a roaming community radio station. You may be asked what you love about your neighborhood and your ideas how to make it better! All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Register here to participate or just show up with your ideas!
The conversations collected as part of the community radio station hack will be available on the Train of Thought Podcast the next morning, Saturday, June 6. You can listen here.
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National Day of Civic Hacking continues Saturday, June 6 from 10 am – 4 pm. To find out where and when other civic hacks will be taking place and to register to participate click here. Follow the action on social media using #HackforChange.

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Town Hall 2 – Find Out What’s Coming to the Neighborhood, June 25

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Be part of creating a more walkable and beautiful community! Come learn about new options for housing, dining, entertainment, and much more.

JOIN US!
Thursday, June 25

5:30 pm
St. Rita’s School Auditorium
5115 Churchward Street
San Diego, CA 92114
(Directly across the street from St. Rita’s Church. Free parking is available) 

Your comments and ideas are valuable to the revitalization of the Diamond Neighborhoods!

Refreshments will be provided by True Roots Catering, a social enterprise of the Jacobs Center.

All are welcome to attend this FREE event. RSVP by Friday, June 19, to Liz Faris at LFaris@jacobscenter.org or (619) 527-6161 ext. 376.

Join the conversation on social media using #JacobsTownHall.

The Jacobs Center is All About that Jazz

 

For more info on Jazz at the Creek, visit jazzatthecreeksd.com or call 858-650-3190

For more info on Jazz at the Creek, visit jazzatthecreeksd.com or call 858-650-3190

Back by popular demand, the Jazz at the Creek concert series returns to the Jacobs Center, bringing sultry grooves for a good cause to Market Creek Amphitheater.

This exciting concert series, brought to you by Leonard Thompson’s M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, features three concerts over the summer. We are pleased to be the title sponsor for this year’s series.

The first concert in the series is on June 13. Jessy J is turning up the heat on the saxophone, Melina will dazzle with her R&B-tinged vocals and the CEO’s Rhythm Section will keep the good vibes going throughout. It’s going to be a great evening of good music.

The hits keep on coming on July 11 as Chanté Moore, L.A. Collective and J Boykin hit the stage, then again on August 15 when we welcome Daneen Wilburn, Reggie Codrington and Nick Colionne.

Tickets for individual Jazz at the Creek concerts are available online, or you can buy all three at a discounted rate. A portion of the proceeds from Jazz at the Creek ticket sales will go to the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which provides backpack full of food to needy elementary school children and their families. Click here to purchase!

Walgreens Brings Happy and Healthy to the Diamond Neighborhoods!

This past Saturday, residents of southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods, City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, District 4 Councilmember Myrtle Cole and other community leaders joined officials from the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the long awaited grand opening of Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue – a milestone in revitalization of this community.

Members of the Walgreens team join District 1 County Supervisor Greg Cox, Jacobs Center Board Member Valerie Jacobs Hapke, City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, District 4 City Councilmember Myrtle Cole, and Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones to officially cut-the ribbon to open the Walgreens near the corner of Market Street and Euclid Avenue.

Members of the Walgreens team join District 1 County Supervisor Greg Cox, Jacobs Center Board Member Valerie Jacobs Hapke, City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, District 4 City Councilmember Myrtle Cole, and Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones to officially cut-the ribbon to open the Walgreens near the corner of Market Street and Euclid Avenue.

The opening of this Walgreens is significant because this is the first time the more than 88,000 residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods have had convenient access to a pharmacy in their neighborhood. Previously residents had to travel to Lemon Grove, National City or Downtown to get the essential goods and services provided by a drug store.

City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks residents and community leaders at the grand opening celebration for the Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue.

City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks to residents and community leaders at the grand opening celebration for the Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue.

Prior to its opening, the Jacobs Center partnered with Walgreens and South Metro Career Center to host interview workshops and hiring fairs. Of the 15 permanent positions Walgreens was hiring nearly all were filled by residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods.

Demetrius Morissette, a resident of southeastern San Diego's Diamond Neighborhoods in one of the new team members at the Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue.

Demetrius Morissette, a resident of southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods is one of the new team members at the Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue.

“Walgreens is evidence of our redevelopment progress and what can be achieved when we work together with the residents of this community. We know residents are ready to support Walgreens and other developments of this nature. Today we celebrate the grand opening of Walgreens, but we are also here to let San Diego know that the Diamond Neighborhoods are open for business! ” said Reginald Jones, president and CEO of the Jacobs Center.

Children from southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods enjoyed getting their faces painted at the grand opening celebration for the Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue

Children from southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods enjoyed getting their faces painted at the grand opening celebration for the Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue

Bringing Walgreens to the area is part of the Jacobs Center’s master redevelopment plan to revitalize and encourage investment along the Market Street and Euclid Avenue corridors. The Jacobs Center plans to develop the remaining 50 acres they own in the area over the next 15 years and provide more options for housing, dining, and entertainment. Two more projects will break ground before the end of this year.

More photos from the Walgreens Grand Opening celebration can be seen here.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL – Parking Area Repairs and Improvements, Market Creek Plaza

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

May 11, 2015

Parking Area Repairs and Improvements

Market Creek Plaza

342 Euclid Avenue

San Diego, CA 92114

Proposal Final Due Date:  May 29th, 2015

Contractor Walk Thru:  May 22nd, 2015 at 11am in front of Felix’s BBQ

Contact:  Dennis J. Notaro, Sr. Regional Property Manager, Capital Growth Properties, Inc.

Contact information:  858-729-9314 or preferably dnotaro@cgpinc.com

Proposals must be received via email, snail mail, or hand delivery by May 29th, 2015.

SCOPE:

Repairs, Slurry Seal Coating, & Striping:

  • Removal and haul away of approximately 6800 square feet of oil saturated asphalt in 9 locations.
  • Repave these areas with 4 “of hot mix asphalt (red striped areas on diagram) (pick the worst areas in parking slots).
  • Remove and haul away approximately 300 square feet of failed asphalt in 2 locations.
  • Repave these areas with 4” of hot mix asphalt (yellow areas on diagram).
  • Clean surface and apply hot oil tack coat and overlay approximately 650 square feet of deteriorating asphalt in 2 locations with 1” average of new hot mix asphalt. (Blue areas on diagram).
  • Slurry seal entire parking lot. (Approximately 124,000 square feet including all driveways.
  • Restripe all parking slots and affected areas.
  • Repaint all curbs existing colors.

SEPARATE PROPOSAL :  ADA Work  

  • Remove and replace 6 concrete ramps and repour for ADA compliance.
  • Repave 3 ADA parking landing areas to meet ADA compliance.
  • Install 11 new updated ADA signs in ADA parking spaces.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL – Exterior Painting, Market Creek Plaza

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

May 11, 2015

Exterior Painting

Market Creek Plaza

342 Euclid Avenue

San Diego, CA 92114

Proposal Final Due Date:  May 29th, 2015

Contractor Walk Thru:  May 22nd, 2015 at 12 noon in front of Felix’s BBQ.

Contact:  Dennis J. Notaro, Sr. Regional Property Manager, Capital Growth Properties, Inc.

Contact information:  858-729-9314 or preferably dnotaro@cgpinc.com

Proposals must be received via email, snail mail, or hand delivery by May 29th, 2015.

SCOPE:  3 Retail buildings, one monument sign, dumpster enclosures, light poles.

Exterior Painting:

  • Preparation
    See attached Painting Specifications from Dunn Edwards.
  • Finishes—All Dunn Edwards Products
    See attached Painting Specifications from Dunn Edwards.
  • EXCLUSIONS
    Unpainted block walls, tenant added items, window mullions, roof equipment, roof/jacks, plant and dirt covered surfaces, bridge items, wood trellis, metal repairs, mailboxes, washing of windows, curbs, stenciling, striping, perimeter wrought iron fence shared with Jacobs Center, yellow bollards, SDGE boxes.
  • Painting Specifications and color palette attached.
    No deviation from color palette provided.All painting specifications to be followed per Dunn Edwards Painting Specifications report.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL – Landscape Improvements, Market Creek Plaza

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

May 11, 2015

Landscape Improvements

Market Creek Plaza

342 Euclid Avenue

San Diego, CA 92114

Proposal Final Due Date:  May 29th, 2015

Contractor Walk Thru:  May 22nd, 2015 10am in front of Felix’s BBQ

Contact:  Dennis J. Notaro, Sr. Regional Property Manager, Capital Growth Properties, Inc.

Contact information:  858-729-9314 or preferably dnotaro@cgpinc.com

Proposals must be received via email, snail mail, or hand delivery by May 29th, 2015.

SCOPE:

  • Removal of existing plant material in planers throughout property. (No large tree or pigmy palm removal).
  • Installation of additional 28- 15 gallon Pigmy Date Palms to match existing throughout.
  • Installation of 900 + 5 gallon plants. (palette contractor choice) ( must provide renderings).
  • Installation of 60 yards of premium landscape mulch—2” deep throughout.
  • Irrigation repairs in affected planters.
  • Planters to be re-landscaped:

    – Raised Circle Planters in Parking Lot—4 total (Do not remove trees)
    – Parking Lot Island Planters—10 total
    – Rectangle Planters along walkways –11 total
    – Rectangle Planters in Parking Lots –15 total
    – Store Front Planters at 336—342
    – Back side of Buildings 336—342
    – Raised Planters behind 336—342 (2 total)
    – Food 4 Less front planters
    – Euclid Avenue Driveway entrance planters and around monument sign
    – Patio area between Starbucks and Wells Fargo

Separate Bid:

Scope:  Replant existing large pots throughout the property with fresh potting soil, and palette of short, medium, taller, and cascading plant material that is drought tolerant.  Finish surface with mulch.

Summer is Full STE[+a]M Ahead Program – APPLY TODAY!

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Summer is Full STE[+a]M Ahead! Are you Ready? 

Spend your summer doing fun hands-on activities that help better your community. Apply TODAY for the Full STE[+a]M Ahead Program! This annual summer program builds off of the national STE[+a]M education movement that combines the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math. The program offers activities related to science, food justice, urban gardening, and photography providing a comprehensive curriculum that will prepare students in southeastern San Diego for competitive careers in the 21st century. Students in grades 9 – 12 who live or go to high school in southeastern San Diego are eligible for this FREE program. 

Two Tracks Offered: 

TRACK 1 July 13 – 31 – From Food Swamps to Green Communities: Leading the Good Food Revolution 
Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Elementary Institute of Science (608 51st Street)

TRACK 2 July 27 – August 7
 – Placemaking in a Digital World, Storytelling through Photography
Monday – Thursday 1 – 5 pm at Project New Village (5106 Federal Boulevard, Suite 103)
Fridays 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Elementary Institute of Science (608 51st Street)

Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible to receive college credit!

Applications are available at www.jacobscenter.org/impact_steam.htm 

Completed applications can be emailed, faxed, or dropped off to:

Joseph French, Program Coordinator
Phone: 619-527-6161 ext. 365 • Fax: 619-527-6162
Email: JFrench@JacobsCenter.org
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114

Applications due by 5 pm, Friday, June 12.

There will be a mandatory orientation for students and their parents/guardians on
Monday, June 22 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Elementary Institute of Science located at
608 51st Street, San Diego, CA 92114

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Trolley Residential Project – BID OPPORTUNITY

BID OPPORTUNITY

Trolley Residential

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and Chelsea Investments Corporation

Construction of a (52) multi-family apartment units in a 3-story structure over podium with subterranean garage including common facilities.

The plan room with the project details, project plans and RFP can be accessed via the link below. In the “View Specs” tab is where you will find the bid package, prevailing wage determination, section 3 documents, soils report, acoustical report, etc.

Culinary Fusion Festival – FREE May 16

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Join us  for a celebration of healthy living and cultural entertainment – Striving to be COCONUTS about Health!  All are welcome to attend this FREE event.

Saturday, May 16
10 am – 3 pm
Market Creek Amphitheater
Parking is available at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue

Our theme is coconuts, a healthy and delicious treat with many beneficial characteristics. Enjoy delicious food, healthy cooking demonstrations, live music and dance, and awesome resources shared by the various cultures that make up STRIVE San Diego!

STRIVE San Diego is the work of community partners that make up the San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Health Network, a project of Operation Samahan, Inc.

For more information visit www.OperationSamahan.org