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Proposed 40-story building in East Village

A proposed 40-story apartment development in East Village got high marks Wednesday from the design committee of downtown’s planning agency, Civic San Diego.

The 613-unit complex would have a six-story building, a seven-story building and a 40-story tower reaching 400 feet. The proposed buildings, at the corner of Park Boulevard and Broadway, are spread apart to avoid an earthquake fault through the center. The area in between the buildings would be turned into green space for residents.

If approved, it will be one of the tallest residential towers in the city, and the fifth-most residential units for a downtown complex. A timeline for construction is not set but could be approved within the next 12 months.

Design committee members praised the project from developer Liberty National Corp. for making good use of a site that had an earthquake fault on it, as well as slopes on every side. The site is bounded by Park Boulevard, 13th Street, Broadway and C Street.

“We are getting a very dense project,” committee member Jennifer Ayala said. “Unlike another block, not too far away, with a flat site and no fault and no restrictions. Look at what we were able to get on a site with a bit of creativity.”

Getting downtown developers to build denser developments is a focus of the agency, but doesn’t always work. Developer JPI in September proposed a 318-apartment project on a full block site in East Village that could have held up to 900 apartments. Civic San Diego ended up approving the project when JPI added 50 more apartments.