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1Mission, a mixed-use residential/retail enclave under construction in San Diego's Mission Hills, brings together the meticulous restoration of a turn-of-the century commercial block, a new five-story residential mid-rise with 61 residences and an urban "secret garden" and pedestrian promenade. The project is being developed by CLB Partners Ltd., developer of Park Laurel overlooking Balboa Park and Seahaus in La Jolla.

Located on the block framed by Washington, Fort Stockton, Goldfinch and Falcon streets, 1Mission encompasses 20,000 square feet of retail space fronting on Washington and on Goldfinch streets and 94,000 square feet of living space, including 13 two-story townhomes and 48 single-level luxury condos.

While construction of the residential mid-rise continues, the first phase of 1Mission, which includes the restored buildings along Washington, has already earned tributes from San Diego Architectural Foundation, SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organization) and the Urban Land Institute. On May 28, it will be honored with the annual Architectural Rehabilitation Award from the city of San Diego's Historical Resources Board.

1Mission includes retail space fronting on Washington and Goldfinch streets and 13 two-story townhomes and 48 single-level luxury condos.

Photos of the original buildings were unearthed in the San Diego Historical Society library by Robert Lawrence, of RS Lawrence Development Inc., who collaborated on the design of the first phase.

"To create a landmark property that incorporated these historic gems and respected the community character, we assembled a team of some of the most respected place-making professionals in San Diego," said Luke Daniels, development manager for CLB Partners. The team includes M.W. Steele Group, Heritage Architecture & Planning, Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects and Turner Construction Co.

As a result of the restoration, the block was added to the San Diego Historical Register in 2008 as site numbers 867 and 868.

The extensive renovation included restoration of the original buff-colored brick facade on the Ace Drugs building, replication of custom wood windows and custom wood panel doors, addition of ceramic tile storefronts, prismatic glass transoms, construction of new Mission tile roofs and gabled parapets, and replication of the wrought iron balconies. The iconic neon "Mission Hills" sign that had been displayed on the property for years was also incorporated into 1Mission.

"The character of the historic buildings permeates the entire project," Daniels said. "Many of the charming Spanish Revival and Mission-style architectural elements used in the original construction, such red and yellow brick, wrought iron balconies and colorful awnings, are replicated in the contemporary residential building. The result is a pleasing mix of historic details and cutting-edge functionality."

The 1Mission Sales Studio recently opened at 4010 Goldfinch St., across the street from the residences. Thirty-one different floor plans are offered, giving buyers a wide range of options and custom-home individuality. Residences range from 1,057 to 2,671 square feet and are priced from approximately $500,000 to $1 million. Sleek and airy interiors, with ceiling heights ranging from 10 to 19 feet, provide a striking counterpoint to the traditional exteriors. Decks as large as 500 square feet add to the openness of individual units and take advantage of stunning skyline views from the upper floors.

The luxurious amenity package incorporates a full complement of Dacor stainless steel appliances including gas cook tops, artistic vessel sinks, spa-like baths and huge closets. The building features gated underground parking with two parking spaces per unit and an individual storage locker. Exterior amenities include an outdoor retreat with dining tables and chairs, a barbecue area with sink, a sheltered lounge area and a soothing water feature.

"We spent a lot of design time, considering how to gracefully integrate 1Mission with its neighborhood and increase the vibrancy of the whole area," Daniels said. "One feature that's sure to impact the life of the neighborhood is a pedestrian paseo and urban garden with a water feature, mature landscaping and space for outdoor restaurant seating. The paseo, which gives pedestrians a leafy passage from Goldfinch to Washington and Falcon streets, was inspired by the beloved pedestrian passageways in Santa Barbara and Lyon, France."

1Mission also furthers San Diego's "City of Villages" concept, Daniels added. Within a two-block radius, there is a private exercise studio, a well-known spa, numerous restaurants, coffee spots, gourmet food purveyors and many retailers.

CAPTION=1Mission, a mixed-use residential/retail enclave in the heart of Mission Hills, brings together the meticulous restoration of a turn-of-the century commercial block and a new five-story residential mid-rise with 61 luxury residences.

Metz is principal of Metz Public Relations.

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