Story poles go up for proposed Solana Beach affordable housing project

By Joe Tash

Workers installed story poles this week at a city-owned parking lot on South Sierra Avenue in Solana Beach, where a developer wants to build a 10-unit affordable housing project called The Pearl for low-income residents.

About 50 poles will be erected to illustrate the contours of the project, which would include apartments ranging in size from one- to four-bedroom units, said Solana Beach City Manager David Ott.

A city-owned public parking lot will be temporarily closed while the story poles are in place, Ott said. Members of the public will have 30 days to comment on the project before it is considered by either a city advisory committee that looks at view issues, or sent directly to the Solana Beach City Council.

The project was modified based on comments made during a series of public workshops last summer, Ott said.

The project is proposed by the Hitzke Development Corp., which would build the apartments on land owned by the city and leased to the developer, Ott said.

The project would also include a parking structure and 1,200 square feet of commercial office space, on a parcel just under a half-acre in size.

If approved, the project would help satisfy a state requirement that Solana Beach provide 151 units of affordable housing by 2020, Ott said.