Residents give input on vision for $90 million housing project

OCEANSIDE — Residents had an opportunity to share their input on the vision plan for a $90 million affordable housing mixed-use project at a workshop Sept. 14. The 14-acre site on the 3200 block of Mission Avenue will mix three-story affordable housing units, retail space, open space and a walking trail.
A couple dozen people attended the workshop, which was the final of three vision planning workshops held. The workshops progressively developed the mission style and open layout of the project from community input.
More parking, a 60-foot setback, and a perimeter walking trail were added following residents’ feedback, Diane Bathgate, principal planner with RRM Design Group, said. RRM Design Group also led the community through plans for El Corazon Community Park mixed-use development.
The final vision plan for the affordable housing project impressed those who attended the workshop. “It’s expensive and it’s beautiful,” John Seymour, of National Community Renaissance nonprofit affordable housing development, said. “It has lots of open space. Its way less dense than La Mission. Oceanside deserves it.”
National Community Renaissance built the La Mission affordable mixed-use project across the street from the site. Seymour, who was involved in the La Mission project, attended the workshop as a prospective developer.
The vision plan for the affordable housing mixed-use project will be presented to the housing commission in October and to City Council in November. A call for requests for proposals and a selection of a builder will follow.
The city will stay involved in the project after a builder is selected. “The city has very strong strings attached to it as far as design and maintenance,” Margery Pierce, neighborhood services director, said. “The developer needs to be dedicated to be here in the long term as a good neighbor.”

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