LMC Tops Off San Diego Mixed-Use Project

Shift, a 368-unit community located in the East Village neighborhood, includes a 21-story tower and two five-story low-rise buildings.

By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor

shift tower san diego croppedLennar Multifamily Communities has topped out Shift, its development in downtown San Diego’s East Village neighborhood. The property includes a 21-story post-tensioned concrete tower and two five-story wood-framed low-rise buildings.

LMC bought the site for about $12.8 million in 2015. Totaling 631,000 square feet, the Shift mixed-use community takes up an entire city block.


The residential high-rise boasts a pool on the rooftop deck, while the two low-rise residential buildings sit over two levels of above-grade commercial retail space and parking. Altogether, the three buildings have 368 apartment units, ranging from 600-square-foot studios to 1,200-square-foot two-bedroom apartments, and 19,000 square feet of retail space.

Swinerton is the contractor on the project, which was designed by Carrier Johnson. The high-rise is set to open its first phase in December, with completion in the spring of 2018. LMC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lennar, has also teamed with Swinerton on the Luma Tower in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Upon completion, the project will be submitted to the US Green Building Council for LEED for Homes designation, which recognizes residential buildings that are designed and built to use fewer resources and produce less waste. Shift will be one of Swinerton’s first projects nationwide to qualify for this new LEED category.

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