Thanks to a short-term lease agreement with Price Philanthropies, a vacant lot located on El Cajon Boulevard between Fairmount Ave. and 44th St. has become The Fair@44 International Market. Fair@44 is now openly daily with new businesses such as The Dojo Cafe, which is open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 8pm (hours extended for special events). Working more as a partner than a vendor, The Dojo Cafe works shoulder to shoulder with local youth and adults to bring regular, family friendly, free events to the space. The space is a product of the City Heights Economic Development Collaborative (CHEDC) which is comprised of several City Heights stakeholders. The temporary lease agreement is between Price Charities, the owner of the vacant lot, and the longtime community based organization City Heights Community Development Corporation. The placemaking efforts are brought to the space by partners such as The Dojo Cafe and the El Cajon Boulevard Association, who work directly with designers from SDSU, High Tech High Chula Vista, and the Hoover High School sustainability program, to abate blight and make the space safe and appealing for community members and the adjoining neighborhoods.
Fair@44 is a not-for-profit project of the City Heights Economic Development Collaborative. The collaborative includes but is not limited to, the City Heights CDC, the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, The Dojo Cafe, Office of Awesome, SDBC, LISC, the City Heights Business Association, Accion, the Karen Organization of San Diego, the International Rescue Committee, the Media Arts Center of San Diego and Horn of Africa.