Modera Downtown San Diego

By: Blake Sonuga| October 29, 2019, 7:30 pm PST

Mill Creek residential aims to contribute to the transformation of East Villages’ south end with the addition of their Modera brand apartments. According to the developer, their aim is to provide a premier location with innovative, luxe finishes and spectacular amenities that will make residents lives easier. The project named Modera San Diego is located at 241 14th Street and sits at the north west corner of 14th and K street.

Entitlement Journey

The application for development permits formally began around March 2016. Mill Creek faced an overall favorable process to gain approvals for the developing the Modera project. Supporters of the project included East Village Residents Group, which represents over 10,000 residents that live in East Village and East Village Business Improvement District which represents 700 members.

The main opposition came from MTS which cited noise concerns the MTS service stations could generate to future Modera residents. Hecht Solberg, LLP, the legal team representing Mill Creek, provided a noise study conducted by Veneklasen Associates which concluded that the levels presented were consistent with that of a downtown urban environment.

At the city level, via Civic San Diego, the design review committee voted 3-1 to recommend that the board grant approvals and the Downtown Community Planning Council voted 19-0 to approve this recommendation. Civic San Diego granted the development permits on October 5, 2016.

Building Stats and Figures

Currently under construction (10/29/19), Modera San Diego will be a 7 story, 383 unit multi-family development with 464 parking spaces. An additional 20 bike and 77 bicycle spaces are provided.

Amenities include a 12,865 SF common outdoor space, 430 SF pet open space. At ground level, 2 courtyard spaces with landscaping and lounge sitting, one of which has a pool and spa. The roof levels will have additional lounge sitting areas with outdoor entertainment spaces.

Economic impact

Mill Creek will pay an estimated $1,902,736 in development impact fees to fund new parks, fire stations and traffic circulation improvements in the downtown community plan. Approximately 398 construction jobs and 8 permanent jobs will be created as result of its construction.

Numbers Table

7 story mid-rise
383 residential units
464 car parking spaces
12,865 SF common space
59,333 SF development site area
363,698 SF gross residential space
$2,805,573 inclusionary affordable housing fee

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