Regional Report

Monday, January 31, 2011


Apartments Reopening After $8.4M Renovation

Affirmed Housing Group and the City of San Marcos recently celebrated the grand reopening of Sage Pointe Apartments.

Formerly known as Autumn Park, the apartment complex is the latest of several Affirmed Housing Group developments that are not only environmentally friendly, but also serve low-income residents, said the company’s top executive.

“We believe that affordable, environmentally friendly housing should not be a luxury, but a standard,” said James Silverwood, president of Affirmed Housing Group “The rehabilitation of Sage Pointe is one of our efforts to make that idea a reality.”

The total project cost, which was funded by bank loans and redevelopment monies, was $8.4 million.

In 2008, Affirmed Housing Group, a San Diego-based company which is involved in residential development, partnered with the city to rehabilitate the “ailing market rate property,” according to the developer.

The renovated, 40-unit community, which is located at 225 Autumn Drive, received interior improvements including new bathrooms and kitchens with Energy Star appliances, countertops, and cabinets; new electrical and plumbing systems; heating and air conditioning; paint; flooring; and new washers and dryers for the complex. 

“Sage Pointe was an extremely rewarding project, not only because of the revitalization success, but working with the City of San Marcos, including elected leaders, the city manager and staff was a pleasure,” said Silverwood.

Sage Pointe’s financing partners included Torrey Pines Bank and the City of San Marcos Redevelopment Association. Joining Affirmed Housing Group on the development team were Studio E Architects, general contractor Critical Point Construction & Development Inc., civil engineer Masson & Associates Inc., and landscape architect Darsono Design Associates Inc.

— Steve Sinovic  


It’s Back to Business For Two County Offices

Two San Diego County departments reopened a branch office here and in San Diego this month.

Both the county offices for Treasurer-Tax Collector and Assessor/Recorder/Clerk were reopened after these offices were closed to the public due to the economic downturn, the county said.

The Chula Vista office at 590 Third Ave. processed more than 1,500 taxpayer and customer transactions weekly before the closure.

The other office that was reopened is in Kearny Mesa at 9225 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

— Mike Allen


Local Firm Distributing Helicopter Luggage Pods

Locally based Dart Helicopter Services, which develops and distributes helicopter components and flight safety accessories, has reached an exclusive agreement with Canadian firm Aviatech Technical Services Inc., under which it will globally distribute Aviatech’s Ample Pod Luggage Carrier.

Financial terms were not disclosed. According to a Jan. 19 statement from Dart, the carriers can be installed on the skids of Robinson R44 Raven and Raven II helicopters.

Each pod contains 15 cubic feet of storage space and can carry up to 150 pounds of luggage or equipment. The pod kit weighs 35 pounds, and once installed can be removed or re-attached in minutes.

Dart also manufactures 600 components and offers more than 3,500 helicopter aftermarket products geared toward rotorcraft safety, efficiency and reliability, the statement said.

— Lou Hirsh