Downtown parking garage goes up for sale

February 23, 2017 by  

The future of a downtown San Diego parking garage is under discussion, with interested parties apparently being advised to simply “make an offer”, according to an article in the San Diego Reader.

The garage is at A Street and 1245 Fifth Avenue, adjacent to a homeless residence and center known as Connections Housing Downtown.

The building next to the garage is 1250 Sixth Avenue. In the late 1920s, it was the San Diego Athletic Club, after which it was occupied by the publisher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (HBJ), which left in 1993. When HBJ pulled out, they left the building to the city. In 2010, the San Diego City Council voted to covert the building to a “one-stop shop” for the homeless, but did not include the garage in the renovations.

The structure is seven stories tall, and has 250 parking spaces. There are some problems with the building — there is no elevator access, the power is off, and the ceilings are too low to meet the requirements of the California Building Code – but the city is still looking at it as a potential mixed-use development. If that option is chosen, the structure could provide 11,660 square feet for retail use.

Projects like this can benefit if developers work with a brochure printing company, which can create a booklet that would show the space after redevelopment, and could be used as a marketing tool.

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