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April 4, 2017

Talmadge Gateway Underway

John Sheehan

In the mid-1920’s a group of Hollywood luminaries arrived in San Diego to fund and promote a development of cottages and bungalows on a mesa overlooking Mission Valley. The new neighborhood was named for the three silent film star sisters who were celebrity backers of the real estate venture. Natalie, Constance and Norma cut the ribbon stretched between the elaborate wrought iron entry gates of Talmadge before a crowd of 10,000 fans and onlookers on January 3, 1926.

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In mid-2016 - construction commenced on Talmadge Gateway, a 60-unit studio apartment building designed specifically to serve the needs of at-risk seniors. The project is a joint effort between non-profit corporations Wakeland Housing and St. Paul’s Senior Services. Inspired by local Streamline Moderne structures - the building hosts lounges, meeting spaces and counseling offices. At the request of the local community planning group a small retail space anchors the south end of the project awaiting a street activating tenant like a coffee shop. A large second level terrace offers space for exercise, socializing and taking the breezes. Bright, airy, sustainable and forward-thinking this affordable housing infill development would (we think) make the sisters proud. 


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