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San Diego needs 107,000 more apartment units, according to panelists at a recent CREW San Diego meeting. The event included a discussion with Betsy Brennan, CEO of Downtown San Diego Partnership; Stephanie Smith, managing attorney of Grid Legal; Elyse Lowe, director of development services at the City of San Diego; and Laura Black, deputy director of community planning and implementation at the City of San Diego.

“The City is finishing the Kearny Mesa comprehensive plan update, and there should be a release draft early next year,” Black said in the discussion. She said the plan currently includes 20,000 residential units, while the Mission Valley plans specifies 28,000 units. However, a housing assessment estimates the San Diego area needs 107,000 new units in an eight-year period.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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