Secoya on Fifth, located in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood, is the first project to pull permit under the city of San Diego’s new Complete Communities ordinance. The ordinance lays out new planning strategies that incentivize the creation of affordable housing, convenient to transportation nodes. Under Complete Communities, builders are allowed increased density and floor area ratios in exchange for allocating 40% of their pre-bonus units to low and very low-income households. At Secoya, this meant an increase that doubled the number of units to 100 units total, most of which are targeted to serve the city’s “missing middle” market. For its utilization of this exciting new program, Mayor Todd Gloria has called Secoya on Fifth “an example of what we need more of in San Diego.”
The project is 7 stories of apartments above ground floor retail and amenity spaces. Despite its density, Secoya contains a variety of common areas for residents to enjoy including a landscaped courtyard, spa, and rooftop terrace. The units provide residents with private balconies and generous windows to take advantage of the stunning views that Secoya commands of Balboa Park to the east and the North San Diego Bay to the west. Secoya on Fifth sets a new standard for generating much-needed urban density without compromising design. The building serves a great purpose providing housing in this great neighborhood in San Diego. That combined with its thoughtful design details and street engagement with the incoming brewery make this project a great addition to San Diego. It is a wonderful example of today’s San Diego architecture.
3067 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Russ Murfey firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Dalton Architects