Wakeland Breaks Ground on New Project in Chula Vista
Above: Family Health Centers of San Diego CEO Fran Butler Cohen, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox and Wakeland President/CEO Ken Sauder unveil the design for Lofts on Landis
March 20th, 2014
Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation welcomed Chula Vista elected officials, city staff and community members at a recent groundbreaking ceremony for "Lofts on Landis," a new mixed-use affordable housing community in the heart of downtown Chula Vista. Once completed, the project will offer 33 affordable homes to local residents along with parking and office space for the nearby Chula Vista Family Health Center.
Lofts on Landis is the result of a unique partnership between Wakeland and the Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD), whose leadership initially acquired the project site to create parking for its employees, but later realized there could be a better use for the land.
"We partnered with Wakeland to help fully develop a vacant lot in a way that supported our health center and the community we serve," said FHCSD CEO Fran Butler-Cohen. "Not only does this partnership bring new, affordable homes to Chula Vista, it helps increase our capacity to provide low-cost healthcare services to the community by creating additional office space and new off-street parking for our employees."
Home at Lofts on Landis will be targeted to local working families who earn 60 percent or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). Construction will utilize green building principles and the final project will have a number of sustainable features, such as solar power and energy-efficient lighting and appliances.
The project has already received an outpouring of support from people throughout the neighborhood because of the benefits it will bring to the community. Wakeland honored that support at the groundbreaking ceremony with a "real-life Facebook wall" where event-goers wrote their responses to the question, "What makes a great neighborhood?" Attendees then took pictures of the wall and shared them on Facebook and Twitter.
"Wakeland has enjoyed a good relationship with the city of Chula Vista ever since we built our first affordable housing community here in 2008," said Wakeland's President and CEO Ken Sauder. "We are thankful to our partners for bringing us this opportunity to create a new, attractive and affordable complex in the heart of Chula Vista that will remain a community asset well into the future."