The design concept is inspired by the prominent location of the site serving as a gateway from Little Italy to the City and Bay. This Little Italy site, bordered by Cedar Street on the north, Beech Street on the south, Kettner Boulevard on the east, and the County Center / Little Italy Trolley Station on the west marks the place where the Village ends, and the City and Bay begin. City towers follow Kettner to the south and Beech to the east towards the heart of downtown, while surrounding low to mid-rise structures to the northeast and west create a Village feel with views to the Bay. This provides us with a site that signifies the merging of the City, Village, and Bay.
At this significant gateway, the new building will complete the four corners of Kettner and Beech, contributing to the formation of a little district within a district. It will be the third tower of the four corners, providing the County with the ability to make connections both visually and physically from corner to corner.
This project intends to achieve LEED Gold. The location of the project in the Little Italy area within downtown San Diego with direct access to a trolley station and bus routes, makes it a prime site for transit oriented development.
Our Beech and Kettner site is located at the southwestern corner of the Little Italy district. With this address it becomes the gateway between Little Italy and the City to the south, and the bay to the west. It also acts as a moderator between these areas of the city, as a portion of the project rises to meet the city building heights, while another section of the project will step down to the scale of Little Italy. The project will complete the integration of the border of Little Italy and the intersection of Kettner and Beech to the greater city and the bay.