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Media Advisory: MTS To Vote on Big Win To Turn Empty Parking Lots Into Affordable Homes


Contact: Colin Parent

(858) 442-7374

[email protected]

Press Conference: MTS To Vote on Big Win To Turn Empty Parking Lots Into Affordable Homes

Circulate San Diego and Housing Advocates Urge MTS Board to Support Policy

Circulate San Diego will host a press conference with affordable housing advocates on Thursday morning to call on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) to vote to update their joint development policy, allowing their under-utilized parking lots to be developed into affordable homes.

MTS Chair Georgette Gomez championed this major victory by incorporating Circulate’s recommendations into the final proposal being considered for adoption by the MTS Board on October 11th.

When: Thursday, October 11, 8:15 AM

Where: 12th and Imperial Station Plaza, 1255 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


  • Colin Parent, Circulate San Diego
  • Mary Lydon, Housing You Matters
  • Stephen Russell, San Diego Housing Federation

What: Circulate San Diego released a report in April called “Real Opportunity,” with recommendations for how MTS can stimulate the creation of up to 8,000 new homes adjacent to transit stations. Since then, MTS Chair Georgette Gomez directed staff to rapidly draft a policy update that incorporates our report’s recommendations, ensuring this real opportunity for affordable homes near transit.

Following the press conference, supporters will urge the MTS Board to vote in support the revisions to the joint development policy during public comment. The meeting starts at 9:00am. Visuals include background images of underutilized parking lots, buses, and trolleys. Requests for comments or other accommodations from MTS should be directed to Rob Schupp, [email protected], (619) 557-4511.

About Circulate San Diego
Circulate San Diego is a regional non-profit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn, and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to