Architect’s rendering of Bayview Plaza. Courtesy Protea Properties

Protea Properties announced Wednesday plans for a residential and commercial development across Morena Boulevard from the Blue Line trolley station under construction in Bay Park.

Bayview Plaza would include 156 residential units and 40,000 square feet of commercial space in a plaza format at the southeast corner of Morena Boulevard and Clairemont Drive.

The development will include 150 parking spaces for transit riders and 16 homes designated for families qualifying for affordable housing.

“We are excited to bring this project to market, as it represents the future of development in San Diego,” said Jeffrey Essakow, president of Protea Properties. “It’s more walkable, there is less reliance on the automobile, and it will provide housing for people of varying income levels.”

“My passion has always been creating places where people ‘want to come, not have to come.’ I imagine our plaza space as the living room for Bay Park,” he added.

Potential commercial uses could include restaurants, fitness, co-working office space and a market, creating a neighborhood town center.

The developer said its team has been meeting with small groups of community members to preview the project and gather feedback. “I’m very excited to see this empty lot, that has been an eye sore for so many years, transformed into what I expect will be a nicely-designed project, and a great place to visit,” said Glen Schmidt, a landscape architect and Bay Park resident.

Protea Properties is also re-developing Seaport Village in partnership with the Port of San Diego.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.