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'Duke's Garage' under redevelopment

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The redevelopment of the original "Duke's Garage" building in Pacific Beach at 863 Grand Ave. is now under way.

Matalon Architecture & Planning designed the project and was successful in acquiring a Coastal Development Permit, several variances from the City of San Diego Planning and Engineering Departments, and approval by the City of San Diego Planning Commission to make this adaptive re-use a reality.

The original garage, built in 1970, had declined over the recent years and became an eyesore for the community. The Russell family, owners of the building, retained Matalon to develop a plan for the redevelopment of the property. The resultant project converts the original Duke's Garage at the ground floor into visitor commercial lease space, and adds two apartments on top of the original structure. New metal roofing and glass curtain walls of the apartments will compliment the existing base block wall of the original building below.

Michael Matalon launched his firm twelve years ago and has been in the Pacific Beach community on Grand Avenue for the last six years. Matalon also designed condominiums at Kendall Street and Grand and is currently involved in a remodel of the Wells Fargo Bank (NYSE: WFC) branch at Garnet and Fanuel Street.

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