From Parking Lot to Condominium: The Story of a Vacant Lot on Girard Avenue in La Jolla

Posted by Dennis DeSouza on Sunday, September 20th, 2015 at 5:54am.

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After years of rejections and a number of project redesigns, a vacant lot on Girard Avenue is one step closer to becoming the home of a 5,000 square foot commercial property and six condos.

PQ Design Studio’s quest to develop the property next to Vons stretches back years. According to the developer, the San Diego Development Services Department approved a three-story version of the project in 2011. However, the following year, the La Jolla Community Planning Association found that the design violated the La Jolla Planned Development Ordinance.

Last year, the La Jolla Town Council disapproved the redesigned project because it violated parts of the La Jolla Planned District Ordinance, including the two-story limit. La Jolla Light reported that in January of 2014, the three-story project was also rejected by the La Jolla Community Planning Association due to its color palette and partially submerged first floor’s commercial inaccessibility.

Between February of last year and a committee meeting earlier this month, the Girard Avenue development project has undergone several redesigns, taking it down to eight, then seven, and finally, six residential units.

The La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee approved the latest design for 7610 Girard Avenue as a mixed-use building earlier this month. Designed by Philip Quatrino of PQ Design Studio, the Girard Avenue development project currently possesses six condos, 2,500 square feet of office space and one commercial condominium unit that encompasses 5,125 square feet of the site’s total square footage.

Ultimately, the project shed one story and two residential condominium units to gain approval. La Jolla Light reported that the latest design is also down an entry courtyard. The reductions helped the Girard Avenue development project fall in line with committee requests, but some items stayed true to former designs. Retained features include rooftop solar panels and a deck complete with swimming pool and barbecue.

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