BRIDGE Housing, SVA Architects and their partners marked the grand opening of the Celadon last week in San Diego, California.
The 17-story Celadon includes 250 affordable apartments for a multigenerational population. 25 units are reserved for youth aging out of foster care and adults under the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) program, and 63 apartments will serve frail seniors under the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Residents have access to large event space, two laundry rooms and numerous outdoor amenities, including barbecues and a resident garden. The property also features a supportive services office and meeting room. Celadon was designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification and the engineers boast the building is the tallest solar photovoltaic system in the country.
CSH is proud to note our involvement in this project, which kicked off San Diego’s supportive housing pipeline. Nine years ago, CSH staff held a meeting with local housing and service funders to brainstorm on ways to create more supportive housing in the community. The redevelopment agency in San Diego was just about to publish an RFP stating they "preferred" supportive housing, but as a result of our meeting changed the language to a requirement. It was the beginning of the mandate that 15% of any units funded by the redevelopment agency be set aside as supportive housing. The Celadon is just one realization of our advocacy nearly a decade ago.