A new mixed-use, three-story project with 81 luxury apartment rental units will debut soon on a formerly vacant swath of land adjacent to San Diego Community College District’s West Campus.
Preleasing is already underway for The Californian at 3233 Kemper St. at the corner of Kenyon Street, now in the final stages of construction.
The new development has two commercial spaces as well as an affordable housing component of seven units providing low-income individuals and families the opportunity to rent.
“We’re pretty close to being done,” said Jesse Lyons, director of operations & marketing for developer Murfey Co. “It’s going to be sometime in September. We’re hoping to have people move in in October.”
Lyons said 20 of the 81 rentals, which are a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom units, have already been pre-leased. Size of apartment units goes from about 600 to 3,000 square feet.
The Californian was chosen as the name for the project said Lyons because it reflects the California “vibe.”
“It will be an access-controlled community,” said Lyons of the property,
The Murfey Company, in partnership with Bishop and Company, is developing the property, which is on a 99-year ground lease. Murfey Company is the general contractor.
Lyons said the project has been four years in the making. He added its proximity to the beach coupled with ample parking onsite made it an attractive site to develop.
“There are a grand total of 104 parking units,” he said adding the goal is to have 50 percent of the project pre-leased by the time it opens.
Lyons characterized the project as “urban infill housing” with a density bonus for its affordable housing component. “The amenity package offers a swimming pool and a hot tub, and also features and fire pit and an outdoor barbecue,” he said. “It is a pet-friendly community with a pocket park and is energy-efficient.”
The development has elevators and wifi access.
“This will be a real nice place for people to live and relax when they are away from work,” said Lyons.
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This article originally appeared in The La Jolla Light