5255 Mt. Etna Drive Redevelopment Project

San Diego is experiencing a severe housing affordability crisis. The County of San Diego (County) is committed to helping alleviate this crisis and has identified the former Crime Lab at 5255 Mt. Etna Drive as suitable for the development of a multi-family affordable home community. The County has selected Chelsea Investment Corporation (Chelsea) to construct and manage the affordable homes on this site.

Chelsea proposes to develop a community where 100 percent of the homes are for lower and moderate income seniors and families earning up to 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), with some homes set aside for people with a developmental disability, such as cerebral palsy or Down syndrome. Once built, onsite resident services would be provided by Chelsea’s nonprofit partners, Serving Seniors and Southern California Housing Collaborative. Specific design components and features of the development will be more clearly defined in consultation with the community and elected leadership.

Development News & Announcements

The San Diego City Council approved the Community Plan Amendment and rezone on March 10, 2020. The County Board of Supervisors approved the Disposition and Development Agreement and Ground Lease on July 7, 2020.

On January 30, 2020, the City of San Diego Planning Commission unanimously approved to recommend the Community Plan Amendment and rezone to the San Diego City Council.

On January 14, 2020, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Community Plan Amendment and rezone.

Final EIR Document


On Dec. 5, 2019, the County and Chelsea held an open house community meeting to provide updates and discuss how community input has helped shape the affordable home community to date.

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