High-Rise Proposed for 520 W. Ash in Little Italy

A 24-story mixed-use tower has been proposed for the northwest corner of Columbia and Ash in Little Italy. Civic San Diego received the proposal earlier this month from Lennar Multifamily Communities.

The building would include five levels of underground parking, 4,943 square feet of commercial space at ground level, three additional levels of above-ground parking, and 19 levels of residential units. A rooftop common area would feature a pool and outdoor space for residents.

520 W. Ash, Little Italy

The project site is located at 520 W. Ash Street, where a three-story office building currently stands. The 266-foot-tall development would also replace the Crossfit Invictus building located at 1446 Columbia Street.

520 W. Ash, Little Italy

Exterior elevations show a facade consisting of glass, exposed concrete, and painted metal panels. The building design comes from Carrier Johnson + Culture, whose other Downtown projects include the new Sempra Energy Headquarters and the upcoming Ballpark Village.

520 W. Ash, Little Italy

This is probably one of the most walkable locations in all of Downtown—just a few steps away from the heart of Little Italy, and a short walk to the Marina and Gaslamp Districts.

520 W. Ash, Little Italy

Notice the brightly-lit lantern feature going up the side of the tower, as well as the pop-out spa hanging over the edge of the common area on the roof.

520 W. Ash, Little Italy

The project timeline is currently unknown, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye on the progress.

  • Cheyannesun

    Ugh, this is so enormous and intrusive! Too bad it’s not more of slimline highrise.

  • Brian

    is this website still updated?

    • http://www.sandiegostreets.com San Diego Streets

      Hi there, Brian – we’re hoping to resume updates soon!

  • Bridget Thompson

    Has this project been awarded to a General Contractor?

  • http://batman-news.com/ Cummbottom

    San Diego has change dramatically, architecturally only problem “obsolete airport favor relocating next Little Italy many favorite cafes. No longer yes, condo mania gotten attention of REITS from abroad hot market. I know site another high rise; low rise mid towers new allure from developers San Diego.

  • Sergio Estrada

    When will this begin? I rent in the adjacent complex and am worried about noise during outside work hours. Will this be a 7am to 5pm thing? Weekends??

  • Igor

    Demolition crew onsite this week.