SCS Engineers and BRIDGE Housing Address California’s Housing Crisis

October 10, 2019

Redevelopment projects provide 1,248 new housing units in three cities.

Long Beach, CA – SCS Engineers is helping affordable housing developer, BRIDGE Housing, create much-needed residential homes and units with a significant commitment to affordable/workforce housing in Long Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco.

Environmental assessments and remediation are critical to ensuring the safety of workers, residents, and occupants in many redevelopment projects. SCS provides environmental engineering expertise to assess properties accurately and prepare them for redevelopment.

“BRIDGE Housing was formed in 1983 to address the affordable housing shortage in the Bay Area,” said Brad Wiblin, BRIDGE Housing Executive Vice President. “We continue to be focused on our mission, quantity, quality, affordability, which we have expanded to the entire west coast.”

In Long Beach, a 1.5-acre site located at the intersection of Anaheim Street and Walnut Avenue will be the new home of a multi-level, mixed-use facility with approximately 18,000 square feet of commercial space and 88 residential units. The site, previously occupied by a dry-cleaning business and auto repair shop, has been vacant since 2008.

On Kettner Boulevard in San Diego, a site owned by the County of San Diego, will provide 60 affordable housing units as part of a high-rise structure. The development will include retail/restaurant space on the ground floor with two floors of underground parking. Since the early 1900s, the site was a mix of residential, industrial, and auto repair facilities.

In San Francisco, Reservoir Community Partners, a partnership between BRIDGE Housing and AvalonBay Communities, is transforming 17 acres to include new housing and open space at the former Balboa Reservoir. The partnership also includes Pacific Union Development Company, Mission Housing and Habitat for Humanity for Greater San Francisco. The proposed development includes 1,100 homes, with half of those dedicated to affordable/workforce housing, a childcare center for up to 100 children, and four acres of open space.

“SCS is committed to Brownfield redevelopment as a tool to increase housing opportunities in California,” said Luke Montague, Senior Project Manager at SCS. “We have a long history of developing practical solutions for a wide range of development projects and have a deep understanding of the needs of developers, property owners, and local government requirements.”