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Access Youth Academy
On February 7, 2020, Civic San Diego Economic Growth and Neighborhood Investment Fund closed a $4 million NMTC investment with Access Youth Academy to finance construction of a new, two-story, 21,500 square-foot structure that will house a nine-court, state-of-the-art squash facility and learning center in the community of Encanto. Access Youth Academy is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 with the belief that every child should have equal access to achieve their full potential, and that the San Diego community could benefit from an educational support program which uses the sport of squash as a catalyst to transform the lives of underserved youth. The new center will provide services to approximately 1,300 local students, scaling up from the 120 students served at its current location. A portion of the building will house three classrooms used for academic studies and tutoring sessions, a computer lab for college prep and admissions assistance, a conference room for meetings and workshops, a technology center, multipurpose meeting rooms and instructional space, staff offices, a kitchen/break room, and a parent lounge. The facility will blend sports, academics, and opportunities to offer training and classes for the public.
In 2019, Civic San Diego Economic Growth and Neighborhood Investment Fund provided a $12.825 million New Markets Tax Credit investment for KIPP Adelante – part of the acclaimed KIPP national network of schools. Serving grades 5 through 8, the public charter school is focused on its mission to ensure students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits needed to succeed in top quality high schools, colleges, and the world beyond. Since 2003, KIPP Adelante has served students in the Barrio Logan, Shelltown and other underserved neighborhoods of San Diego. Approximately 95 percent of the school’s current student body qualify for free or reduced lunch and 50 percent are English language learners. The Project, located within San Diego’s Promise Zone, included the development of a vacant 1.9-acre site within the Jacobs Center/Market Creek development into a newly constructed 28,500 square-foot school building and that enabled KIPP to relocate from a sub-optimal commercial downtown office space into the state-of-the-art campus and will enable it to expand its enrollment from 330 to 480 middle school students by the 2022/2023 school year.
Living Rooms at the Border
In 2018, the Civic San Diego Economic Growth and Neighborhood Investment Fund provided $9.325 million in NMTCs for Casa Familiar’s new, 13,469-square-foot community-focused mix-use Living Rooms at the Border development. Originally built in 1927 as the first Mount Carmel Catholic Church, this structure has been adaptively re-used to establish “El Salon”, a new space for the expansion of Casa’s art and culture programming including theatre and pop-up events with other San Diego arts and culture institutions. The “Casa-Patio” also houses the UCSD Border Community Station, which serves as an urban laboratory that promotes interaction and collaboration with the community to address social and economic issues and support community development. A 120 square-foot coffee kiosk supports the “El K-Fe” Youth Barista training program to provide employment opportunities for youth ages 16-24. The project also includes 10 affordable rental housing units.
Ajinomoto Foods North America
In 2018, the Civic San Diego Economic Growth and Neighborhood Investment Fund provided a $10 million NMTC investment to Ajinomoto Foods North America. Ajinomoto Foods manufactures and markets a wide variety of high-quality specialty frozen food products, including Asian, Italian, Mexican, custom and private brand products. In March, Tyson Foods announced plans to relocate its San Diego operations, resulting in the elimination of 480 full-time jobs from its Otay Mesa plant. Ajinomoto purchased the 165,763 square-foot plant and retained 352 jobs. The $10 million investment from the Economic Growth Fund financed the purchase and installation of new equipment to add a third manufacturing production line in 2019 that is anticipated to support 80 to 100 new jobs over the next couple of years.
In 2017, the Civic San Diego Economic Growth and Neighborhood Investment Fund provided $12.6 million in NMTCs to Goodwill Industries of San Diego County to refinance the acquisition of two adjacent buildings in San Ysidro totaling approximately 75,000 square feet, and to fund improvements to the two buildings to repurpose as an outlet center and a distribution facility, and improvements to an existing storefront in San Ysidro to add a Community Employment Center. Rooftop solar systems were also installed on both locations and at three additional Goodwill buildings located in San Diego and Chula Vista. Employees and residents will benefit from a multitude of programs offered by Goodwill Industries including employment placement services to 18- to 25-year olds specifically from low-income neighborhoods; help for low-income residents to transition to full-time employment; and job training and placement for military veterans. The outlet center opened in May 2018, and the employment center opened its doors in September 2018.
The 37 El Cajon Boulevard project consists of a $7.1 million NMTC investment for substantial rehabilitation of two buildings in Normal Heights to provide a new larger site for the San Diego County Office of Education’s new educational model/concept (Momentum Learning) that will focus on teaching at-risk youth tangible skills like culinary arts and welding/fabrication that will greatly expand opportunities for students to transition directly into living wage jobs. 37 ECB includes four makers spaces equipped with electronics benches and flex workspace that will house instructional programs that teach students welding, 3-D printing, laser cutting, wood working, construction, and fabrication. Also a production kitchen on site affords students the opportunity to reach competency in major areas of food preparation. Momentum Learning expects to have up to 220 community school students enrolled at the site and up to 40 students will attend per day for a Career-Technical Education program. The school had initial enrollment in October 2016.
Jackie Robinson Family YMCA
The Civic San Diego Economic Growth and Neighborhood Investment Fund provided a $23 million NMTC investment to help bridge a funding gap for the construction of the new approximately 44,000-square-foot, two-story ADA-compliant expanded Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. The new facility opened in October 2017. It includes a gymnasium, wellness center; community multipurpose room, teen center; childcare center and playground, three group exercise and mind and body studios, and other amenities.
In 2015, the Civic San Diego Economic Growth and Neighborhood Investment Fund provided $8 million in NMTC to Urban Corps of San Diego County, a local conservation corps providing youth job training and education since 1989. Urban Corps youth participants work 24 to 30 hours each week in the community learning tangible job skills and earning vocational credits. Members attend school two days a week and spend one hour each day after work in a study group to prepare for the California High School Exit Exam. With the capital investment from Civic San Diego, Urban Corps anticipates being able to increase annual enrollment from 190 to 230 youth and increase the average number of annual graduates from 100 to 125.
Family Health Centers / Ware Malcomb architects
In 2014, the Civic San Diego Economic Growth and Neighborhood Investment Fund provided $16.5 million in NMTC to help build the new 34,300-square-foot Family Health Centers of San Diego Health, Information Technology, and Education Center (HITEC) facility in Oak Park that houses an approximately 3,000 square foot community health clinic and also a health information technology education and training center. The project was completed in January 2016.
Copley-Price Family YMCA
In 2013, the Civic San Diego Economic Growth and Neighborhood Investment Fund allocated $23 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to help build the new, state-of-the-art Copley-Price Family YMCA facility in City Heights at Fairmount and El Cajon Boulevard. The 53,000 square-foot facility features an aquatics center, fitness center, group exercise studios, teen center, gymnasium, soccer arena, computer lab, child-care center, demonstration kitchen and a community meeting room. The project was completed in January 2015.