SOURCE: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

September 01, 2010 14:24 ET

The Village at Market Creek Selected as Catalyst Project in State's Sustainable Strategies Pilot Program

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) -  The Village at Market Creek in San Diego has been selected as a "Gold"-designated California Catalyst Community, through a new program created by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), according to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. 

Funded by Proposition 1C, the program incentivizes innovative land use planning and green building strategies and awards $1.35 million to the City of San Diego to advance the work in The Village.

"This project is a perfect example of using thoughtful planning to create places where people can live and thrive in a way that also protects the environment," said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Under the HCD's Catalyst Projects for California Sustainable Strategies Pilot Program, the "Catalyst Project" designation encourages sustainable communities and tests innovative strategies to increase affordable housing supply, employment opportunities and transportation choices that reflect community values, preserve and expand open space and parkland, conserve water and habitat, and achieve targets for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the country's most innovative neighborhood revitalization projects, The Village at Market Creek is the resident-led, driven, and owned development project in the Diamond Neighborhoods of southeastern San Diego. When complete, The Village will transform approximately 60 acres of blighted, under-utilized properties into a vibrant, livable community that is projected to create more than 1,000 jobs, 1,000 quality affordable housing units, 645,000 sq. ft. of new commercial space, and at least 400,000 sq. ft. of green open space and parks. 

The Village, which is being designed to meet the highest standards for energy efficiency, will include enhanced pedestrian trails along restored segments of Chollas Creek and enhanced walkability throughout the neighborhood. 

Plans for The Village were developed through a partnership between community residents, local and national funding partners, and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, a non-profit neighborhood strengthening organization committed to resident ownership of the planning, process, and assets of community change.

"Receiving the prestigious Catalyst Project designation provides a huge boost in our work to bring quality, affordable homes into The Village to meet the needs of this community," said Jennifer Vanica, President & CEO of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. "What makes our project different -- and truly sustainable -- is that the work is being planned, implemented and owned by residents who are revitalizing their neighborhood."

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