COMM22, a master plan developed by BRIDGE Housing and MAAC Project in San Diego, is providing housing and community services for a multigenerational population on a former San Diego Unified School District maintenance facility site that had sat vacant for 25 years.
The seniors component, Victoria at COMM22, offers 70 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments for households earning 30% to 50% of the area median income. Thirty of the units receive Department of Housing and Urban Development Sec. 202 rental subsidies. In addition, several units are equipped with special features for people with mobility, hearing, and visual impairments.
The family component, Paseo at COMM22, offers 130 one-, two-, and three-bedroom affordable homes for households earning 30% to 60% of the area median income. Seven of the units are built out for handicapped accessibility. Paseo also includes 13 units for special-needs households.
COMM22 displays a variety of art forms for residents and the community. A 30-foot mural entitled "Flowers for My Loved Ones" by master muralist Mario Chacon and his assistant, Hector Villegas, is one of the four art pieces in the master plan. A 16-foot-tall metal and stone sculpture, engraved sidewalk pavers with inspirational messages, and metal benches featuring additional art elements also are part of the community space.