La Mesa celebrates the groundbreaking of 8181 Allison

Community members, city leaders and development partners attended a groundbreaking celebration Tuesday, Jan. 24, for 8181 Allison, an affordable apartment community in downtown La Mesa.

Several speakers – including La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis and USA Properties Fund President Geoff Brown – detailed the benefits and importance of the 147-apartment community to help meet the need for more affordable housing in the region.

(Post continues after the photo gallery. You can see more photos on photographer Melissa Jacobs’ website.)

The transit-oriented development – located at 8181 Allison Avenue, at the southeast corner of Allison and Date avenues, near University Avenue and Spring Street – allows residents easy access to public transportation. 8181 Allison is a very short walk to a trolley station and several bus stops, and just south of Interstate 8, an east-west freeway that connects to much of the San Diego region.

The $67 million development is in La Mesa’s Downtown Village, which includes a large grocery store and pharmacy, more than 30 restaurants, City Hall and the city library.

USA Properties Fund is the developer-manager-owner of 8181 Allison. The public-private partnership includes the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), the City of La Mesa, KeyBank and WNC.

Construction should be completed in late 2024.

You can learn more, including income requirements and rent for the one- and two-bedroom apartments, from the news release on 8181 Allison. (URL LINK)