Encanto VillageSan Diego, CA
Encanto Village is a tax-credit funded mixed-use development located in the hilly Encanto neighborhood of south-eastern San Diego. Situated directly adjacent to a trolley station, it is a model for transit-oriented development. Sixty-six units of affordable apartments are divided between two buildings on separate lots on either side of an existing electrical utility substation. The site design strategy is to string a "wiggle" of single loaded bars to make a series of courtyard spaces, some internal and private and others street facing and community engaging. Though the two buildings are not physically connected, they share utilities, parking, and common amenity spaces. Both five-story buildings consist of three stories of apartments stacked on a two-story concrete podium containing residential common areas, commercial retail, and office spaces. Parking for residents and commercial tenants is accessed from the rear at a parking level above street level. Residential garden spaces and laundry facilities are also provided at this parking level, a residential common deck is provided at an upper level, and a tot-lot is provided at street level facing Imperial Avenue.