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Last week, Circulate San Diego published a major report on how the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) can transform its underutilized parking lots into affordable homes.
The report titled “Real Opportunity” details that MTS has at least 57 acres of property that can be made available for development. With accommodating land use policies, Circulate San Diego calculates that the MTS properties can support the development of 8,000 new homes, with more than 3,000 reserved as permanently affordable for low income families.
Circulate San Diego’s report recommends that MTS reform its policies to:
- Create a joint development program that issues requests for proposals for priority sites and actively solicits near-term development partners.
- Require that any residential development include a percentage of homes to be made permanently affordable for low income families.
- Eliminate the costly requirement for new developments to replace or maintain parking where it is already underutilized.
“Real Opportunity” is available online at http://www.circulatesd.org/realopportunity
Last week MTS announced they were awarded a 40.9 million dollar state grant from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP). TIRCP is funded in large part by Senate Bill 1, that was signed into law last year. Money from the grant will go toward the construction of several projects as well as the purchase of 11 zero-emission vehicles.
For a more detailed break down of where the money will go, click here.
Monthly Breakfast Series: (sub)Urban Revitalization: Hot Topics and Issues Impacting Suburban Real Estate Development and Land Use
Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 AM; the University Club, 750 B Street, San Diego, CA
To register, click here.
On May 17th, leave your car at home and join thousands of San Diegans by riding your bike to work! Roll through our pit stop, where we plan to have cute dogs and a quaint pop-up parklet. We have partnered with Imperial Grounds Coffee to provide free water, coffee, and snacks for participants. Register with icommutesd.com to receive your free t-shirt and pick up the newly updated regional bike map at our pit stop!
On Saturday, May 19th, get ready to join the bike rodeo event being held at Morse High School, in Southeastern San Diego. There will be an opportunity drawing for bikes generously donated by ofo, and a giveaway of helmets (until supplies last). Please bring your bike and helmet to participate in the bike rodeo organized by the Bike Coalition.
See Facebook event for more details.
Thank you ofo for supporting our work. Please consider asking your company or employer to become a corporate member of Circulate.