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County Seeks Community Input on Designs for Southeastern Live Well Center

Live Well Center renderings

Southeastern San Diego community members are invited to provide their input on three designs under consideration for the County of San Diego’s newest Live Well Center.

Renderings of the proposed designs will be on display at nine community locations during a three-week period in which residents can view and provide written comments. Three other sets of the 4-by-3-foot posters will rotate through a variety of locations during that time. In addition, the images and information about the project, including the list of locations and an opportunity to provide feedback, will be featured on the Live Well San Diego website.

From Friday, October 25, through Monday, November 19, the renderings will be on public display at locations that include the Southeast Family Resource Center, Malcolm X Library, Skyline Library, Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, Second Chance and Logan Heights Library, with more to be added. The rotation locations include Central Region Public Health Center, the San Diego Hip Hop 5K, Urban Collaborative Project Block Party, Bayview Baptist Church, New Harvest Church and St. Rita’s Church.

After the displays are collected, the community’s comments will be consolidated for review and consideration by the county for the project implementation. The contract is expected to be awarded in early 2020.

“This Live Well Center is meant to bring resources to the community and we want local residents to have a say in what it’s going to look like,” said County Supervisor Greg Cox.

The Southeastern Live Well Center, at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Market Street, is scheduled to break ground in fall 2020 and open in summer 2022. Once complete, the center will serve as a hub for community meetings, educational opportunities and workforce training in addition to the County services that will be available.

In response to earlier community input, the design proposals include outdoor amenities such as a wellness and meditation garden, a walking path connecting to Chollas Creek, a coffee cart, local artwork representing the culture and history of the community, a play area for children in the Family Resource Center waiting area and dedicated workspace for community organizations.

“Making the design proposals available to residents and requesting feedback creates greater transparency,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “I made it a priority after entering office and worked with City Councilmember Monica Montgomery to push for more resources and amenities at the new facility that reflect the needs and wants of the neighborhood. We got those into the scope of work, and now the residents can give input on how each contractor plans to incorporate them.”

Services that members of the community will be able to access include medical insurance coverage, food and nutrition assistance, family strengthening services, financial and employment assistance, public health, behavioral health, child support, restorative justice, services for older adults and people with disabilities and military and veterans’ services. The Live Well Center also will include a 4,000-square-foot conference center that can be used for community meetings.

The 80,000-square-foot center is located near public transportation and will include a multi-story parking structure.

The $75 million Southeastern Live Well Center will be the sixth regional community service hub providing a variety of health and community services to San Diego County residents.

Live Well Centers are operating in National City, Chula Vista and Escondido, and the Lemon Grove center is open for business while undergoing major renovations. A new Live Well Center is also under construction in Oceanside.

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact