Richman Group Mixed-Use Development Approved in San Diego

Civic San Diego has unanimously approved the Richman Group of California Development Co.'s plans.

By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor

San Diego—Civic San Diego has unanimously approved the Richman Group of California Development Co.’s plans to develop a mixed-use community that includes a 22-story residential tower with 226 apartments and more than 7,000 square feet of commercial space. The project also calls for an adjoining low-rise building, called The Sliver, which will include two penthouses, a restaurant with outdoor seating and a park-like open space corridor.

With a working title of 330 13th Street, the overall project will be on a 38,840-square-foot undeveloped site on Park Boulevard, directly across from the San Diego Central Library. The proposed development will occupy most of the block bounded by Park, 13th, J and K streets in downtown’s East Village neighborhood, less than three blocks from Petco Park.

The tower is designed to include 63 studios, 72 one-bedroom units and 91 two-bedroom units, and six levels of parking (three subterranean and three above ground) with a total of 234 automobile spaces and 12 motorcycle spaces. The ground-level commercial space will open onto a new park, diagonally connecting K Street with upper 13th Street. Along 13th Street, the project will include an open space corridor with a bioswale fashioned into a series of water features, and accompanied by seat walls and colorful “water-wise” plantings.

With a construction start planned for Q2 2016, the project is estimated to cost in excess of $100 million. Highlights include a two-story Sky Lounge on the 19th floor with built-in bar and outdoor seating, a hotel-style pool area with spa and fire pits on the fourth-floor podium level, and adjoining two-level recreation center with lounge, demonstration kitchen and gym.

The Richman Group of California, headed by President Luke Daniels, has assembled a design team for the development that includes architects DesignARC LA Inc. and Rob Wellington Quigley of San Diego and landscape architect Spurlock Poirier of San Diego. NEXUS Planning Consultants of San Diego is the project manager.

330 13th Street is the company’s second major San Diego project to be approved in the past five months. In February Civic San Diego approved F11, a seven-story apartment/retail mixed-use development located on the north side of F Street between 11th Avenue and Park Boulevard. Construction is slated to start on F11 in Q1 2016.

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