36-story apartment in Little Italy Approved

36-story apartment in Little Italy Approved

A 36-story apartment building with nearly 400 apartments is coming to Little Italy.

Civic San Diego, downtown’s planning agency, Wednesday unanimously approved the complex at the intersection of Union and Ash streets. At around 400 feet, the building will be one of the tallest residential towers in the city. It will also have the most apartments in one complex for downtown at 395 units.

Amenities include a gym, outdoor pet area, 16,600 square feet of common outdoor space, sky deck and rooftop pool. Construction is set to begin by the end of 2019.

Dallas-based developers Trammell Crow Residential plan for 403 parking spaces in three underground levels and four above-grade levels. It is estimated the project will create 404 construction jobs and eight permanent jobs. Trammell Crow declined to give a cost estimate of the project.

Jessica Cassolato, development associate at Trammell Crow, said the company is pleased to have another Alexan brand tower downtown. Its other downtown building, Alexan ALX, opened in early 2018.

“We are really excited to bring our signature building to San Diego,” she said.

The project site is at 232 West Ash Street, a single-story commercial building occupied by charter school IDEATE High Academy and office space. The project will include 32 subsidized units for low-income renters.

The project also plans 70 studios (average 572 square feet), 223 one bedrooms (average 730 square feet), 97 two bedrooms (average 1,088 square feet) and five three-bedroom apartments (average 1,525 square feet).

No commercial space is proposed for street level. Instead plans call for tenant services such as a business center, lounge, speakeasy-style bar and bike storage.

Design for the building comes from San Diego-based Joseph Wong Design Associates, which said the project will strive for “sustainability across all spectrums, including economic vitality, environment, and social and cultural vibrancy.”