The conjoined developments of Stella and Bluewater boldly aspire to transform a district. Grantville, located at the eastern end of San Diego's Mission Valley, has historically been a neighborhood filled with light industrial and small Class B office complexes. Developers as well as the City have been eyeing the area for housing due to its proximity to downtown and light rail transit. Still, introducing medium density, mixed-use residential into this context is presently a pioneering effort.
The design sought to jump start a better pedestrian experience by locating active uses along its perimeter at the sidewalk. Resident serving uses including offices, mail rooms, shared computer lounges, laundry facilities, meeting rooms, and building lobbies populate the first floor behind broad expanses of glass storefronts. A lease space anchors the corner, inviting a coffee shop or juice bar to take advantage of the small plaza overlooking the intersection.
As mentioned, this development is in fact two developments that share the parcel as well as the first level parking podium. Bluewater is a mix of One, Two, and Three bedroom apartments serving the needs of low-income families. Stella, comprised of Studios and One bedroom units is housing specifically set aside for at-risk, low-income veterans. Each project enjoys a sizable outdoor terrace filled with planting, seating, and tables. The Bluewater terrace hosts a tot lot, raised vegetable beds, and a BBQ area. Both buildings are furnished wih Commons/Clubhouse rooms adjacent to their terraces. All units have private balconies, many with views of the bay and the eastern hills.
Ruby Award, Project of the Year from San Diego Housing Federation