MTS Board of Directors Approves New Transit-Oriented Housing Development in La Mesa

The Spring Street Transit Center housing development will bring affordable housing relief to residents of La Mesa

San Diego – More desperately needed affordable housing is on the way, thanks to the MTS Board of Directors which today unanimously approved a new transit-oriented housing development at the Spring Street Transit Center in La Mesa. The housing development is part of MTS’ growing effort to repurpose its park and ride lots into affordable housing solutions across San Diego County. The development will span 2.2 acres and feature 147 affordable housing units (30-60% of Area Median Income). Construction is anticipated to begin in February 2025 and take approximately two years.  

The development at Spring Street will be constructed in partnership with Affirmed Housing, a leading provider of affordable housing throughout the state of California. 

“MTS is excited to once again partner with Affirmed Housing to bring more relief to the region’s affordable housing crisis,” said Stephen Whitburn, MTS Board Chair and San Diego City Councilmember, District 3. “With the approval of the Spring Street development today, MTS will have nearly 3,000 residential units completed or in the planning process at our transit centers, and we aren’t slowing down. MTS staff and the Board are committed to maximizing our surplus land for the benefit of the community, and greater transit access for all.”

The Spring Street Transit Oriented Development is expected to be completed by 2027. Other projects currently on MTS property or in the works are:


  • Grossmont Transit Center – 527 units
  • Morena/Linda Vista Station – 185 units 
  • 62nd and Encanto Street – 67 units
  • Grantville Transit Center, Union Grantville - 250 units

Under Development

  • Grantville Transit Center, Shoreline – 126 units
  • Rancho Bernardo Transit Center – 100 estimated units
  • Palm Avenue – 500 estimated units
  • El Cajon Transit Center – 300 estimated units
  • E Street Transit Center – 806 estimated units
  • Beyer Boulevard Transit Center – 100 estimated units

A full inventory of properties available or under development can be accessed on the MTS Real Estate webpage here.

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