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Creating Affordable Housing
Built in 1914, Hotel Churchill is a seven-story, 94-unit building on C Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues in the eastern part of downtown San Diego along the San Diego Trolley line.
The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) acquired the historic building and an adjacent lot on August 16, 2011, through a court settlement in a foreclosure proceeding. It has been vacant since the end of 2005.
There is a Single Room Occupancy (SRO) restriction recorded against the property, which requires that no less than 57 units be maintained as SRO units for a term of not less than 30 years from the completion of rehabilitation.
It is the intent of SDHC to create additional affordable housing for low-income individuals in downtown at the site of Hotel Churchill.
Affordable Housing Impact
The site is required to have 57 units that will be available and rent-restricted to individuals earning at or below 50 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income (“AMI”), which is currently $28,250 a year for one person.
These units will remain affordable for a minimum of 30 years under the terms of the SRO restriction recorded against the property.
On November 21, 2003, the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board designated the 99-year-old Hotel Churchill a local historical landmark.
Building Security Status
SDHC took immediate action to safeguard Hotel Churchill, which was in significant disrepair. With a budget of $350,000, the following safety actions have been implemented:
Acquisition Time Line
Dec. 2005 – San Diego Housing Commission files lawsuit against J&J Properties for violation of SRO Ordinance.
Jan. 2008 – Stipulated Judgment in Favor of the San Diego Housing Commission is executed by the San Diego Superior Court, requiring the rehabilitation of the Hotel Churchill by January 31, 2009.
Mar. 2010 – Judicial Foreclosure Action filed by the San Diego Housing Commission against J&J Properties.
Aug. 16, 2011 – Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure via settlement recorded in favor of San Diego Housing Commission conveying fee simple title to the Hotel Churchill and adjoining parking lot. SDHC paid J&J Properties $200,000 to end all litigation including pending appeals by J&J Properties in Court of Appeals.
1122 Broadway, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101
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