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The Q mixed-use project to rehab oldest house in Little Italy

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Located in the heart of Little Italy, The Q is a seven-story mix-used development project that will be home to retail, restaurant and office spaces. It is set for completion this summer. In addition to the new development on the site, The Q will also include the relocation and rehabilitation of the historic A.W. Pray Rental House, the oldest house in Little Italy, which will be incorporated into the design and utilized as a small cafe.

Jonathan Segal FAIA & Development Co. is no stranger to smart growth development standards. In 2008, two of the firm's developments were awarded the San Diego/Tijuana ULI Smart Growth Award: KLofts and The Union. Jonathan Segal is considered one of downtown San Diego's most successful and pioneering residential architectural/development companies and has a reputation for providing superior housing at a lower cost than comparable properties. The company's focus is exclusively on urban projects, ranging from 80 to 160 dwelling units per acre.

In this development project, Segal himself has a personal interest, since the top floor is being designed for his family residence and architecture office. His wife, Wendy, intends to open a wine bar in one of the shop spaces. By taking a personal interest, Segal further illustrates his dedication to Smart Growth Development.

The Q adopts a number of smart growth standards. It is designed to meet or exceed LEED standards. Rooftop solar panels will completely power the building's common operating systems, while operable floor-to-ceiling windows and high-performance glass reduce the need for heating and air-conditioning. Drought-tolerant landscaping reduces water consumption and adds to savings, and concrete designed to reduce the carbon footprint is also stronger and more durable than typical concrete. Through efficient building, landscape and energy, The Q's goal is to cut the core costs so that tenants pay less.

The Q is a multi-use development located within safe walking distance to the many goods and services within the neighborhood of Little Italy. By bringing the development to the property's edge, The Q makes pedestrian activity possible, while providing a safe and inviting pedestrian corridor that begins to connect India Street, via W Fir Street, to the waterfront.

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