The Richman Group of California received the go-ahead last week to build a 22-story residential tower with 226 apartments and more than 7,000 square feet of commercial space near the Central Library downtown.
The La Jolla-based developer’s $100 million project was approved by Civic San Diego, successor to the city redevelopment agency, and groundbreaking is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016.
Highlights include a two-story “Sky Lounge” on the 19th floor with built-in bar and outdoor seating, a hotel-style pool area with spa and fire pits on the fourth-floor podium level, and an adjoining two-level recreation center with lounge, demonstration kitchen and gym.
“Given the site’s location, across the street from the much-loved Central Library and along the bay-to-park link that joins San Diego Bay with Balboa Park, we realized we owed the city an iconic project that complemented the library and provided engaging public spaces,” said Luke Daniels, president of the Connecticut-based developer’s California division.
Adjacent to the tower will be a structure called ‘The Sliver’ — an idiosyncratic building that will include a restaurant and two mid-rise penthouses that, according to Daniels, should be “in the running as the most unique residences downtown.”
The project, which will be called 330 13th Street, is The Richman Group’s second major San Diego residential project to be approved in the past five months.