National planning and architecture firm BNIM was hired to create the Town Center Master Plan to inform the future redevelopment of the 37 acres the Jacobs Center owns in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. The Town Center Master Plan will serve as a guide for the organization’s community development work over the next eight to 10 years.
BNIM used past community input to align the Town Center Master Plan with residents’ vision for the area. The Master Plan recommends developments that reinforce the community’s identity, are transit oriented, and support housing, retail, health and wellness, education, and economic opportunity. Additionally, the Master Plan is designed to support sustainability and achieve a LEED ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development) certification. The Master Plan also conforms to the recently updated Encanto Community Plan and the City of San Diego’s existing zoning, height, and parking requirements.
“Redevelopment increases safety, creates educational and economic opportunities, and supports health and wellness,” said Reginald Jones, President and CEO of the Jacobs Center. “These are all issues we know the residents of Southeastern San Diego are concerned about. The Town Center Master Plan will help achieve the vibrant and thriving community residents have long envisioned and deserve to live and work in.”
Supporting the realization of the Town Center Master Plan is an approximately $4 million Caltrans Active Transportation Program grant the City of San Diego was awarded in partnership with the Jacobs Center. These funds will be used to improve the infrastructure along the Market Street and Euclid Avenue corridors, including sidewalk and curb repairs, street light installations, traffic signal modifications, landscape and irrigation enhancements, and the creation of pocket parks. Additionally, the Jacobs Center and the City of San Diego have formed a Public Philanthropic Partnership to help streamline and incentivize physical investments on the Jacobs Center’s properties and create opportunities for economic and workforce development in the community.
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About the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is focused on building communities and lifting lives. As a creative catalyst and incubator, the Jacobs Center works with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This means transforming nearly 60 acres into sustainable developments that provide residents with greater access to resources and amenities that improve their quality of life. Additionally, the Jacobs Center works with community organizations to increase residents’ economic opportunities, leadership skills, and educational success.