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MTS Board Approves Construction of 390 Housing Units Along Trolley Line in South Bay



Today the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved  an agreement with two developers  to build 390 housing units for low and moderate-income families at the Palm Avenue Trolley Station. Earlier this year, MTS broke ground in another transit-oriented development at its Grantville Trolley Station with 250 units. The two projects are part of an agency-wide effort to fully utilize its park and ride lots.

“This agreement sets the tone for what residents can expect to be developed on MTS land in the future,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair, and Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “MTS is intent on encouraging the construction of more housing for working families on its property in vibrant and environmentally sustainable communities built using a local skilled and trained workforce.”

“I am very pleased this project is moving forward as it provides desperately needed affordable and middle-income housing,” said MTS Board Member and District 8 Councilmember Vivian Moreno. “As this is the first MTS joint development project on a transit station parking lot along the Blue Line, we have an opportunity to help our riders to walk, bike, or use transit to get to the station once the project is completed.”

National Community Renaissance and Malick Infill Corporation will build four separate residential buildings, together called Palm City Village. National Community Renaissance will build three of the buildings and the agreement requires the firm to break ground within five years (September 2026). Malick Infill Corporation will then be required to begin construction on the final building within 8 ½ years after National Community Renaissance breaks ground.  

“National Community Renaissance is honored to be working with MTS creating housing and transforming underutilized parking lots to provide affordable housing and robust transit amenities to help incentivize people to use more public transit,” added John Seymour, Vice President – Acquisitions & Forward Planning for National Community Renaissance. 

The Palm City Village redevelopment will offer significant community benefits including:

  • 390 units for low and moderate income-level families
  • Approximately 1,000 new residents/transit riders
  • 100% rent restricted housing
  • 100% clean energy facility
  • Pedestrian-focused site design
  • Built with prevailing wages/Project Labor Agreement
  • Child care facility
  • Neighborhood retail
  • Bike lockers
  • Rideshare pick up/drop Off
  • Safety lighting
  • Transit parking
  • Walkable/bikeable neighborhood
  • High-frequency transit
  • All-electric homes
  • Pedestrian focused site design

MTS operates 95 bus routes and three Trolley lines across 10 cities and unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Frequencies and spans have been restored to near-pre-COVID-19 levels. Updated schedules can be accessed on the MTS website. MTS requires people to wear face coverings at all times, and practice physical distancing when possible.