Affordable housing advocates call for development of underused MTS lots

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Circulate San Diego officials and other housing advocates will call on San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Thursday to develop underused parking lots into affordable housing.

Circulate San Diego released a report last month estimating MTS has nearly 60 acres of property that can be converted into more than 8,000 apartment or condo units near trolley and bus stops. The nonprofit, which advocates for sustainable growth and green transportation, recommended 3,000 of the hypothetical units be reserved for affordable housing.

The report analyzed parking lots near 14 stations and found that six are at least half empty on average. Lots are mostly located in eastern San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon and Lemon Grove.

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Circulate San Diego Executive Director Colin Parent will be joined at a news conference by representatives from Habitat for Humanity, the San Diego Housing Federation and the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council.

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