In a significant move aimed at addressing the region’s housing challenges, the Oceanside City Council has granted approval for a six-story, mixed-use development project located on Pier View Way, just east of the Civic Center. The project, known as Sunsets, garnered approval despite concerns raised about increasing downtown density, according to a report from the San Diego Union Tribune.
Situated at the northwest corner of Pier View Way and North Horne Street, Sunsets is set to become a vibrant addition to the city’s landscape. The development is designed to offer a dynamic urban experience with shops, a plaza, and other activities on its ground floor. Above, the upper floors will house a total of 180 apartments, comprising 50 one-bedroom units and 130 two-bedroom units. Sunsets will also designate 18 units for affordable housing.
The development will also feature pet washing stations, bicycle storage areas, co-working spaces and a rooftop deck equipped with barbecue grills and a swimming pool. Additionally, the project’s commitment to sustainability is evident, with solar panels installed on the roof and outer walls expected to generate at least 50 percent of the property’s electricity needs.
To accommodate residents’ vehicles, the development will feature a three-level parking garage with 315 spaces, along with an additional 15 spaces available on the street.
Like similar recent projects, the City Council’s decision to approve Sunsets can be attributed to state laws aimed at addressing the housing crisis in the region. The 0.7-acre site, largely vacant except for two single-family homes slated for demolition, has seen previous development plans approved by the City Council but stalled due to economic factors.
Originally known as the Portola project, the development has undergone several iterations over the years, including a plan for 15 condominiums and seven live-work units. Now, under the vision of developer Howard Jacobs of Rancho Santa Fe, Sunsets is poised to revitalize the site, offering much-needed housing options in downtown Oceanside.
As Oceanside navigates its way through the housing crisis, developments like Sunsets underscore the city’s commitment to addressing housing challenges while simultaneously revitalizing the downtown core.