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Happy Holidays from the Circulate San Diego Staff

The staff at Circulate San Diego would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy Holiday Season. Remember to stay active and  travel safely during the bustle of the holidays.

Happy Holidays!


New Additions to the Circulate San Diego Staff

Meet Paola Alvarado, Program Coordinator
Paola Alvarado is the new Project Coordinator for Circulate San Diego. She is passionate about building a better and more sustainable future and enjoys inspiring our communities to use alternative modes of transportation. Prior to joining the team, Paola was the ECO2school Program Coordinator at the Center for Climate Protection in Sonoma County, implementing the high school youth leadership safe routes to school program.
Meet Joe Cosgrove, Policy Coordinator
Joe recently joined the Circulate team as the new Policy Coordinator to work on active transportation and pedestrian safety throughout San Diego County. Joe began working as a volunteer researcher with Circulate San Diego’s Policy team in January 2015. He is a graduate of George Washington University with a master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Planning and previously held positions at the Urban Institute and  the Federal City Council. 

Learn more about Paula, Joe, and the rest of the staff on our website.  

Congratulations to MOVE Alliance Projects
Circulate San Diego would like to congratulate two projects certified by our MOVE Alliance program that took important steps towards project approval in the San Diego City Council on Tuesday. 


The MOVE Alliance is a program by Circulate San Diego that certifies smart growth and transit oriented projects. Projects that apply for certification are reviewed by an independent panel of experts, which also provide useful suggestions for how projects can contribute to their communities encourage others in the community to follow suit.

The first MOVE Alliance Project
, proposed by Cisterra Development is on the City owned parcel at the corner of 7th Avenue and Market Street in the East Village. The $400 million dollar, 39 story proposed development will be headlined by a 160 room Ritz Carlton Hotel and a Whole Foods grocery store. In addition to the hotel and grocery store, Cisterra has proposed that the development consist of 156,000 square feet of office space, 238 parking spots, 115 apartments, 58 Ritz branded condos, 32 affordable apartments, and also 6,000 square feet of open space with a public plaza.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to negotiate a deal with Cisterra that will involve determining the scope of the project, the sale of the city owned site, and how the project will address labor concerns.

The second project
 is a $27 million, 76 unit, Senior LGBT inclusive housing complex at Texas St. and Howard Ave. in the North Park neighborhood. The development was proposed by Community Housing Works to address the lack of opportunity for LGBT seniors to obtain affordable senior housing in an inclusive environment. 

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve the project on Tuesday. The vote puts the project on schedule to break ground next year and to open to residents by the summer of 2017.

Read more about the projects on full blog post.

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