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Construction of the six-story, 170,000-square-foot mixed-use Parkside Apartments in downtown San Diego's East Village, is 70 percent complete.

Designed by Benson & Bohl Architects Inc. and developed by Wakeland Housing & Development, the affordable family-oriented residential development was built on the site of The East Village Community Church, which is undergoing a redevelopment of its own.

Parkside is located on the north side of Island Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets and is anticipated to be complete by early 2010.

"Now that the framing has been completed and the building wrapped, the apartments and the church are beginning to show their real personalities," said architect Randall Bohl.

Parkside, along with the redevelopment of East Village Community Church, was developed by Wakeland through two separate partnerships with the church, the Redevelopment Agency of the city of San Diego, as well as other funding sources. Both projects are designed by Benson & Bohl Architects allowing for the two projects to maintain a similar and cohesive design aesthetic.

Parkside provides a total of 77 one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable housing apartments for low and very low-income families.

The apartment units sit atop a new two-story 11,000-square-foot facility for the East Village Community Church, The project includes two levels of subterranean parking. The project incorporates an art piece at the corner of Island and 13th designed by artist Nina Karavasiles, which includes a series of three-dimensional organic branching forms rising from street level to over 40 feet in the air. Parkside is expected to receive a LEED silver certification. The design team engineers included The Poggemeyer Design Group (structural), Fard Engineers (mechanical and electrical) and Nasland Engineering (civil). Ivy Landscape Architects was the landscape architect. Harper Construction of San Diego is the general contractor.

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