About the Scripps Mesa
Joint Occupancy Project

About the Scripps Mesa Joint Occupancy Project

A win-win for San Diego Unified School District, students, the community and taxpayers


The San Diego Unified School District’s Real Estate Utilization Strategy calls for working with third-parties to develop District property to generate ongoing revenue to help fund critical student programs and services. Monarch Group was selected in an open, transparent and competitive process to lease and develop the district’s Scripps Mesa property because its plan for the site provides numerous benefits for schools and the local community. The approved mixed-use development transforms this property from a drain on school resources into a high-quality and valuable, revenue-generating community asset.

Conceptual Site Plan

Annotated version of the site map

  • 264 luxury apartment homes, including up to 53 affordable units to be affirmatively marketed to qualifying school district employees
  • Approximately 4,000-square foot District Student Makerspace and Community Center Building
  • Approximately 2,000-square foot neighborhood-serving retail/commercial space, which could include complementary after-school programs and services, as well as other community needs
  • Residential common area amenities, including a clubhouse/leasing center, fitness center, dog run, resort-style pool and spa, and multiple indoor/outdoor community gathering areas
  • Open green space areas

Tour the Project

Community Benefits

  • Provides critically needed balanced housing options through responsible, smart growth consistent with the property’s underlying zoning
  • Positions local schools for long-term financial stability by generating more than $40 million in unprecedented, guaranteed revenue for San Diego Unified School District
  • Transforms property from a drain on resources which costs the District more than $100,000 per year into a valuable, revenue-generating community asset
  • Constructs a state-of-the-art District Student Makerspace and Community Center Building on the property at no cost to the District or community
  • Student Makerspace will double as a community gathering space outside of school hours
  • Meets regional housing needs by expanding Scripps Ranch’s limited apartment options, allowing local families to grow and remain close
  • There are no apartment options within Miramar Ranch North, and this is likely the last opportunity to accommodate this important use in the community
  • Creates opportunities for District employees to live affordably near their place of work with up to 53 very low income affordable rental units
  • Neighborhood retail/commercial space will help meet the needs of current and future residents, including potential after school programs and services