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Affordable Housing Project Connects to Trolley

Affirmed Housing, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transit System, is building a $62.7 million affordable housing project at the Grantville Trolley Station on Alvarado Canyon Road.

The project is part of an MTS program to redevelop park-and-ride lots into housing developments.

Named ShoreLINE in a nod to the project’s location within a few steps of the trolley station, the five-story project will have 124 apartments in a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two bedroom and three-bedroom apartments.

Marie Allen, project manager for Affirmed Housing based in Sabre Springs, said that ShoreLINE will share the site with a market rate student housing project to be built by Greystar – Union Grantville - that will have 250 apartments.

“Affirmed and Greystar started working directly with MTS on kind of a master plan for this space,” Allen said. “We’re starting to see some more transit agencies around the state making their sites available for affordable housing but this is kind of a new model which is exciting for us to work with MTS.”

Linked to Market-Rate Housing

Construction of ShoreLINE is scheduled for completion in October 2023.

ShoreLINE will be linked to the market-rate housing project by a 150-foot paseo that will be 26-feet wide.

Allen said the two projects were designed to blend in with each other so the ShoreLINE wouldn’t stand out as an affordable housing project.

Studio E Architects, based in Bankers Hill, was the architect and HA Builder Group, an affiliate of Affirmed Housing, is the general contractor.

“The project doesn’t look like affordable housing. It looks like beautiful housing,” Allen said.

The exterior will be made of a mix of metal panels in different sizes and shapes. The predominant colors will be red and gray.

Rooftop solar panels will provide much of the building’s electricity.

The ShoreLINE complex will be 15 feet from the trolley tracks.

“That was kind of interesting for us, working with MTS on how that would work,” Allen said.

Affordable Apartments

The ShoreLINE apartments will be reserved for individuals and families with annual incomes ranging from 30% to 60% of the area median income.

For one person, the income limits would range from $25,450 to $50,940 and for a family of four, they would range from $36,350 to $72,720.

Amenities will include laundry rooms on every floor, a conference room and computer room on the first floor, a community kitchen, an enclosed tot lot, a barbecue station, outdoor gardens, and a 5,800-square-foot courtyard with built-in seating.

Support services for residents will be provided by the nonprofit Compass for Affordable Housing.

Allen said that financing for the project included a $10 million transit-oriented loan from the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

The department also contributed nearly $2 million for improvements to the trolley station, Allen said.

Other funding sources included $31.4 million in tax-exempt Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds and $27 million in taxable bonds authorized by the San Diego Housing Commission.

More Projects Planned

Similar projects planned by MTS include a 300-unit apartment project at the Palm Avenue Trolley station, a 100-unit apartment building at the Rancho Bernardo Transit Center, a 500-apartment project at the 12th Street and Imperial Avenue transit center, a 400-apartment project at the El Cajon Transit Center, a 100-apartment project at the Beyer Boulevard Transit Center and a complex of 170 to 390 apartments at the E Street Transit Center.

“ShoreLINE is a shared vision to bring forward-looking solutions that address urgent, urban livability challenges and deliver long term, positive impacts,” said Jimmy Silverwood, executive vice president for Affirmed Housing.

“Ensuring housing security is good, but it’s not enough – providing a little extra support and a welcoming environment where people are proud to live is significant for boosting the overall health and wellness of the entire community,” Silverwood added. “We’re grateful to work with our partners who embrace these methods that benefit us all.”

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