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Community update planned on Talmadge Gateway project

Posted: July 3rd, 2015 | Communities, Kensington, News, Talmadge, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

For the first time since February, the Talmadge Gateway project will go before the Kensington Talmadge Planning Group (KenTal) for a community update.

KenTal board members and residents will get a chance to learn more about the project, which has stirred up community interest interest, as well as concerns.

David Moty, chair of Kensington Talmadge Planning Group, said the meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. July 8 at the Copley-Price Family YMCA on El Cajon Boulevard at Fairmount Avenue.

A rough architectural layout was presented to Talmadge residents on Feb. 11 for the Talmadge Gateway project (Courtesy of Studio E)

A rough architectural layout was presented to Talmadge residents on Feb. 11 for the Talmadge Gateway project (Courtesy of Studio E)

Moty said the meeting will likely focus on the 60-unit housing complex for low-income seniors and the services that will be offered to them by St. Paul’s elder care.

He said architectural plans have not been altered since the February meeting for the larger Talmadge Gateway site, a prime piece of real estate on the north side of El Cajon Boulevard between Euclid Avenue and 47th Street. The larger project is expected to entice retail and commercial businesses to Talmadge, a residential neighborhood with a population of more than 8,000 people.

In February, preliminary plans were detailed by architectural firm Studio E, commercial developers Wakeland Housing and the City Heights Community Development Corp., which will secure funding for the senior housing complex. Read previous Uptown News coverage at tinyurl.com/qyuezlg.

Moty said a construction timeline for the project is up in the air because funding has not been fully secured. The San Diego Housing Authority was expected this week to give its first authorization for the loan commitments, he said.

Ken Williams is editor of Uptown News and Mission Valley News and can be reached at ken@sdcnn.com or at 619-961-1952.

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