While most developers would shy away from the narrow 2,500 square foot lot where the Mitra Lofts are now located, the design-build firm, Nakhshab Development & Design (NDD) embraced the constraints set by the downtown San Diego site to create a medium-density, mixed-use building featuring open spaces with a modern aesthetic. Instead of overcrowding the building by maximizing the density at 36 units, NDD focused on creating 10 boutique units that would give each tenant a more private, luxurious lifestyle. This approach allowed for a multitude of unit configurations, encouraging multi-generational living. Tenants range from young professionals living in the studios, to a small family in the 2 bedroom unit, to a retired couple living in the private penthouse level.
Another factor that sets Mitra Lofts apart is the neighborhood in which it is located. For the past 30 years, East Village has been considered an “undevelopable” warehouse area of downtown. As many social services were pushed to East Village, the high volume homeless community swelled, straying traditional developers away. It is only recently that developers like NDD, who understand San Diego’s housing problem, saw the possibility of urban growth and resurgence in East Village. The Mitra Lofts specifically addresses such social and economic issues through its ground level activation and multi-generational living.Its main street front unit is home to NDD’s headquarters, which is a hub for clients, business partners, and employees. It encourages interaction with residents and local business owners and creates a more vibrant local community. Mitra’s location also adds to its sustainable features. While being easily accessible from the freeway, it is also near a trolley/bus station within a walkable area, which encourages tenants to use their vehicles less while navigating downtown. In addition, NDD used passive and prescriptive measures to certify Mitra as a LEED Platinum project. Mitra Lofts has triggered a revitalization shock wave within the East Village neighborhood, causing multiple surrounding sites to follow suit with their developments and bringing family and the community together.
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