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MAAC and BRIDGE Housing Break Ground on COMM22

SAN DIEGO, CA, June 27, 2012---San Diego will celebrate the groundbreaking of COMM22 today in southeast San Diego, at 22nd and Commercial Streets. The event will begin at 10 am, followed by a groundbreaking photo and refreshments.

COMM22 is a mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented development located at Commercial and 22nd streets in San Diego, on a four-acre, former San Diego Unified School District maintenance facility site. The first phase of the development process begins this summer, when area infrastructure will receive significant upgrades such as streetscape improvements, storm drains, water and sewer lines, and undergrounding of power lines.

Ultimately, COMM22 will combine 130 affordable family apartments and 70 senior affordable apartments with day care facilities, community-serving commercial and retail space, office space, market rate live/work lofts and for-sale townhomes. The lofts will be housed in a rehabilitated warehouse building, with the remainder of the development consisting of new construction.

The master-planned development will also feature enhanced plaza areas for public gatherings, strong pedestrian connectivity throughout the site and convenient access to public transportation. The site is being co-developed by BRIDGE Housing and MAAC, in partnership with San Diego Unified School District.

“This project is not just about building units—this project is about building community,” stated Councilmember Alvarez. “The site is the very definition of blight, and it has sat in the middle of this community, untouched for years. I would really like to thank everyone involved in this project,” added Alvarez. “Our residents are going to see something special happen here in coming years.”

“COMM22 is the place ‘Where Communities Meet,’ so many intersections exist, whether it’s neighborhoods, preschoolers, seniors, commercial, retail and families. The work of so many years has truly pulled these communities together to eliminate blight and enhance the vibrancy of the community,” said Arnulfo Manriquez, President and CEO of MAAC.

“We are extremely proud to partner with MAAC to bring a range of housing options and community benefits to this area,” said Cynthia A. Parker, President and CEO of BRIDGE. “The vision for COMM22 is that it will be a model for smart, transit-oriented repurposing of underutilized land.”

Financing for the $80-million infrastructure, family housing and senior housing phases is being provided by CCDC/SEDC (on behalf of the City of San Diego); San Diego Housing Commission; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; voter-approved Proposition 1C TOD and Infill Infrastructure Grant Programs through the California Department of Housing and Community Development; California Housing Finance Agency (MHSA); California Pollution Control Finance Authority (CALReUSE Grant); and SANDAG.            

The architects are McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners and Public Architecture and Planning.

Confirmed speakers include: Hon. Jerry Sanders, Mayor of San Diego; Hon. David Alvarez, Councilmember, District 8; Arnulfo Manriquez, MAAC President & CEO; Richard Barrera, Board Member, San Diego Unified School District; Rick Gentry, CEO, San Diego Housing Commission; Kim Kilkenny, Board Chairman, CCDC; Sherry Brooks, Project Manager, SEDC; Genoveva Aguilar, community representative.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: A rendering of COMM22 is available; please contact to request

MAAC is a multi-purpose social service agency with a successful history of serving various communities throughout San Diego County. In 1965, MAAC opened its doors to serve San Diego's disadvantaged. One million clients later, MAAC is still acting as a catalyst to help individuals and families become self-sufficient. MAAC provides a spectrum of unique programs designed to assist clients by engaging them in the enhancement of their own lives through lifestyle changes. The programs strive to improve clients’ economic standing as well as their ability to access resources available to them. For more information, visit