San Diego City Council Approves New Urban Development in North Park
McCullough Landscape Architecture (MLA), led by its two owners, David and Catherine McCullough, are onboard to design the landscape amenities for a new North Park housing development recently approved by the San Diego City Council. The “Arizona Street Development” will encompass 194 units. In conjunction with urban designers and architects at Skyport Studio, the all-encompassing concept will inspire a sense of comfort and blend with the existing community.
In announcing the project, David McCullough, the lead landscape architect noted, “We were instrumental in designing the project to encourage street activation on all sides. Creating front porches adjacent to residential neighbors and a very energetic Texas Street experience along the commercial side were integral to the design.”
The first phase will focus on 118 market-rate units, with the second 76 units for seniors, including at least 23 affordable units. Approval by the San Diego City Council was unanimous, with Councilwoman Lorie Zapf remarking that “…we made sure there is land-use planning that allows residents to age in their communities where they feel most comfortable.” An added bonus is having the Mid-City Rapid bus line within walking distance of the project.
The project will be bordered by Texas and Arizona Streets, and Howard Avenue, with construction slated to begin in 2015.
“This is, in many ways, an ideal location for this kind of development,” said Councilman Todd Gloria. Additional project support comes from the LBGT Community Center, providing onsite services for the incoming residents.
McCullough Landscape Architecture has focused on the design of plantings that will surround the development, enhancing the neighborhoods and bringing a true sense of home, safety and comfort to residents. MLA continues to broaden and enhance its portfolio of outstanding community design that includes Kalos Apartments, Walgreen’s North Park, Olea Little Italy, The Pointe at Crown Point and Albert Einstein Academies Charter Middle School in Grant Hill.
Rendering created by architect Joe Cordelle.