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Doug Austin Austin: “We need housing desperately in California; we have made it so difficult to build, our kids don’t have a prayer of living here.”

CARLSBAD, CA— Carlsbad Village Lofts, which received unanimous City Council approval recently, even won approval from a council member known for not being developer friendly, AVRP Skyport Studios’ chairman and founder Doug Austin tells GlobeSt.com. The architectural firm and developer Gerber Group are collaborating on the proposed mixed-use project, which aims to revitalize a gateway parcel to Carlsbad Village with market-rate and affordable housing, ground-floor retail, public plaza space and a new pedestrian-friendly street connecting Carlsbad Village Dr. to Grand Ave. Its principals intend for the development to become a signature project for the City of Carlsbad and a regional model for smart, sustainable growth.

Gerber Group founder Evan Gerber says, “This success is the result of three years of public outreach to incorporate the community’s input and honor the City of Carlsbad’s sustainability, infill and affordable-housing goals.”

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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