Rendering courtesy of CBRE Group Inc.

Rendering courtesy of CBRE Group Inc.

Fowler Property Acquisitions LLC of Newport Beach has acquired Hotel Metro, in downtown San Diego’s East Village, for $6.1 million. Plans call for redeveloping the property into market-rate studio apartments, according to brokerage firm CBRE Group Inc.

The seller of the building, at 434-435 Thirteenth St., was the San Diego Housing Commission, represented by CBRE’s Jim Neil, Eric Comer and Merrick Matricardi. The buyer represented itself.

Brokers said Fowler plans to reuse the existing building shell and will reconfigure interiors into market-rate apartments. “This was a complex adaptive re-use opportunity and entitlement challenge,” Neil said in a CBRE statement. “Hotel Metro was an opportunity to deliver a new residential development in a short time frame.”

Hotel Metro was formerly a 195-unit single-room-occupancy development for low-income residents, built in 1990 on land owned by the housing commission. It has been unoccupied since November 2015.

Commission officials said most of the formerly homeless and low-income San Diegans who lived at Hotel Metro were relocated into the nearby new 201-unit Alpha Square Apartments, a housing commission partnership development that opened in December.

The housing commission will use $3 million of the sale proceeds from Hotel Metro to provide funding for local programs geared to homeless veterans. Other funds will go toward other commission programs geared to affordable housing.