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Developer blasted for affordable housing proposal

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 21:09:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A developer is going back to the drawing board after a downtown agency blasted its affordable housing proposal Wednesday.

Pinnacle planned to build a 58-unit low-income apartment complex at the corner of 11th and B. It would be attached to a 32-story market rate residential tower.

While the buildings would be attached, they would have separate doors, no interior connections, and few shared amenities.

Civic San Diego's board of directors rebuked the developer Wednesday.

"You want to put us somewhere else," board member Robert Robinson said. "Are we not good enough to get on the top floor and look out at the ocean? That's what the message is here."

David Dick, an attorney representing Pinnacle, said that was a misrepresentation of the intent.

"It has to do with the realities of construction, cost financing, management and ownership," he said.

Dick added that Pinnacle should be lauded for its willingness to fund much-needed affordable housing downtown, as opposed to paying an in-lieu fee that could take years to yield any units.

Civic San Diego's board told Pinnacle to come back with a different design.