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Apartments to Rise at Troubled Jackson’s Hole

What for years was a gaping hole festooned with rebar from an abandoned development Downtown is well on its way to becoming an apartment complex, said a construction professional working on the project.

Already, a two-level underground parking garage at the 900 F St. site is nearing completion, said Yehudi Gaffen, principal of Gafcon Inc., the San Diego-based construction management firm for the project.

When completed in late November, the project will consist of 115 apartment units and 2,000 square feet of ground-level retail space, Gaffen said.

He said the project is running slightly behind schedule because of delays caused by demolition of the foundation originally built in 1990 for a 13-story office and residential building. Peter Jackson, the developer of the property at that time, encountered problems finishing his building and was foreclosed, Gaffen said.

The site soon became known as Jackson’s Hole, after its former owner.

Both Gaffen and Art Castro of Tucker, Sadler & Associates Inc. of San Diego, one of the architects on the project, agreed the biggest problem so far with the apartment complex was the work involved in demolishing the foundation structures left by Jackson’s project.

“Just working with the existing site was a big challenge for the entire design team and the construction team too,” said Castro. “The parking garage design that was there previously didn’t work well for what we were trying to do because it was originally a different building type.”

Castro said the new development is a four-story, wood-frame project. The construction work is being done by a partnership formed by the San Diego division of Taylor Ball, a national construction company, and Gafcon, Gaffen said.

“The owners wanted to break up the design lines of the project so that it would look like more of a village or group of buildings,” Castro

said. “There are really four separate buildings that are connected with bridges in the project.”

$14 Million Project

A partnership made up of ManSerMar, an Atlanta-based developer and Protea Holdings, LLC, a San Diego-based developer, is the owner of the project, Gaffen said. He estimated the total cost of the development at about $14 million.

“Just getting the project on track and working on a tight site like that one with major arterial streets on either side is a major problem,” Gaffen said. “The history of this site has been long and wearisome for the whole city.”

The city purchased the property in the mid-1990s out of the Pioneer Mortgage bankruptcy, said Donna Alm, vice president of marketing for the Centre City Development Corp., the city’s Downtown redevelopment company.

The two land parcels at the site were sold by the city last summer. The smaller parcel was sold for $150,000, while the larger piece, where most of the half-finished construction was located, went for $1.

Alm said the only way the city’s goal of providing affordable housing at the site could be met was if the price of the land was low enough to attract developers.

Jeff Essakow, president of Protea Holdings, said his company detected a strong need for apartments Downtown and that prompted it to get involved in the project. His company is also converting the former Scripps Hospital at 464 Prospect Place in La Jolla into 47 condominiums, he said.

Last year, the company acquired the 1910-era Pine Hills Lodge in Julian and rehabilitated the structure.

“We like to take old properties, renovate them and add value,” Essakow said.

The project, called 900 F Street, is one of 28 residential developments under construction or in the planning process for Downtown, said Alm of CCDC. When all the projects are completed, about 1,250 new residences will be available for rent or sale in the area.

Barnhart Secures School Construction Contract


Staff Writer

Several local design firms report they have completed jobs or won contracts in recent weeks.

Douglas E. Barnhart Inc. of San Diego was awarded $31 million in school construction projects by the Granbury Independent School District in Granbury, Texas.

The contract came to the company, which specializes in school construction throughout the Southwest, after one of its Dallas salespeople read a Dallas business newspaper advertisement in December 1999 that the district was seeking bids, said spokeswoman Tami Barnhart.

Project estimators in the Dallas office and the San Diego headquarters then worked three weeks to produce the bids, which were placed on paper and hand-delivered to the school district, Barnhart said.

Bill Sharp, executive vice president and chief estimator for the company in the San Diego office, said that plan purchases, staff time to review the plans and specifications and the cost of time spent calling subcontractors for their price to do specific parts of the contract cost from $8,000 to $10,000.

The company will be building two schools with a total of 314,000 square feet of building space for the district.

Ninyo & Moore Geotechnical and Environmental Sciences Consultants Inc. of San Diego won three consulting contracts this month by keeping in touch with past customers and by following up on information provided by a marketing company that develops business leads for its clients, said spokeswoman Elizabeth Morud.

Long Relationship

Montgomery Watson of Pasadena, a past customer, notified Ninyo & Moore that Helix Water District in La Mesa needed geotechnical materials testing done for its El Cajon flume replacement project.

“We have a relationship with that firm that goes back 10 years,” Morud said.

The value of the contract was $67,000, she said.

Ninyo & Moore also received a $12,000 consulting contract from another repeat customer, the Barona Band of Mission Indians, for geological evaluation of the tribe’s proposed new casino and hotel site.

The company used the service to find out about the third contract, she said. The contract with the Temecula Valley Unified School District is for geotechnical evaluation at the site of two proposed schools and is worth $50,000.

Jossy+Carrier Design Group of San Diego finished space planning, interior design, construction documents and contract management services for the new 19,511-square-foot offices of Frontier Insurance Group in the 101 W. Broadway building in San Diego on Feb. 10.

Jennifer Kline, a spokeswoman for the interior design and space-planning firm, said the work came from a longstanding professional relationship with the building’s property manager, Sentre Partners of San Diego. The contract’s value was $500,000, Kline said.

Lamb Consulting Engineers of San Diego earlier this month finished electrical and fire alarm design for the renovation of the 52 Area Mess Hall at Camp Pendleton. Bonnie Kutch, a spokeswoman for the consulting engineers, said a long business relationship with GMH Associates Architects of San Diego, led to a call for subcontracting work from the architects.

San Diego-based bridge design firm J. Muller International kept in touch with a past client, SC Infrastructure Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, by mailing Christmas cards, to win a design contract for a light rail line near Vancouver, British Columbia, last month.

The local firm worked in 1998 with SC Infrastructure on the 12-mile-long Confederation Bridge that links Prince Edward Island with the east coast of the Canadian mainland, said Farhad Nourbakhsh, senior building engineer.

SCI Infrastructures formed a joint venture, SAR Transit based in Vancouver, British Columbia, with Agra Monenco Inc. of Vancouver and Rizzani De Eccher Inc. of Italy.

The value of the local company’s consulting and design contract was $10 million, he said. It was awarded in January.


Real Estate Sales

Property: 8454 Commerce Ave.

Seller: McIlraith Family Trust

Selling Agents: Glenn Arnold of Business Real Estate represented the buyer. Arnie Friedman of Colliers International represented the seller.

Buyer: Michael Gompper purchased the 5,249-square-foot building for $385,000.

Property: 9961 Erma Road, San Diego

Seller: Income Growth Management

Selling Agents: Dick Bassett of Hendricks & Partners represented both parties in the transaction.

Buyer: Property West purchased the 62-unit apartment community for $5.4 million.

Property: 13465 and 13495 Gregg St., Poway

Seller: McMahon Oliphant Properties Inc.

Selling Agents: Tim Hoag and Mickey Morera of Burnham Real Estate Services represented both the parties in the transaction.

Buyer: Lloyd Wells Gift Trust purchased the two buildings totaling 52,000 square feet for $3.7 million.

Property: 3.716 Acres, Corner of Innovation Drive and Avenue of Industry

Seller: Carmel Tech Associates

Selling Agents: Mike Conerty and Ken Satterlee of Burnham Real Estate Services represented the seller. The buyer was represented by Guy Roney of Burnham Real Estate Services and Monty Levy of Carter and Associates, LLC.

Buyer: Bass Resources, Inc. purchased the land for $2.6 million.

Real Estate Leases

Property: 5957 Landau Court, San Diego

Lessor: MCR Landau

Leasing Agents: Lannie Allee, Doug Simpson and John Walters of Coldwell Banker Commercial represented the lessor. Dennis Hearst of Cushman Realty Corp. represented the lessee.

Lessee: Walker Digital signed a 10-year, $7.03 million lease for 34,000 square feet of space.

Property: 4437 Genesee Ave., Clairemont

Lessor: Forrest F.R. Fisher

Leasing Agents: The lessor was represented by Reg Kobzi and Joe Greeno of Grubb & Ellis. Doug Hogan and Bill Barnett of John Burnham & Co. represented the lessee.

Lessee: Henry’s Marketplace signed a 20-year, $5.32 million lease for 24,000 square feet of space.


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