Health

County to Buy City Land for Southeastern Live Well Center

Map and conceptual site plan for Southeastern Live Well Center.

The County is a step closer to creating a Southeastern Live Well Center after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of City of San Diego land Wednesday to augment the County’s current site.

The 0.63-acre city lot is located at the southeastern corner of the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Market Street. The city property is west of the 4.06-acre site the County acquired for construction of the Live Well Center.

The design for the facility is still pending but the addition of city land allows for the potential of an 80,000-square-foot building to be built in three stories instead of four. The area for outdoor amenities could also expand to include garden areas, a walking path, a coffee cart site with outdoor seating, artwork and a community/educational demonstration planting area.

The acquisition will increase visibility of the Live Well Center from the street and reduce traffic congestion by potentially providing two entrances to the property.

The Tubman-Chavez Community Center is currently located at the site but its lease by a nonprofit expires Dec. 31.

The Board voted to buy the property for the appraised value of $1.465 million. The overall cost of the Live Well Center project is estimated at $75 million.

When completed, the Live Well Center will serve as a one-stop shop for social, behavioral health, family strengthening, public health nursing, and justice services for both youth and adult clients. Local partners will offer community services.

The Live Well San Diego Central Region Leadership Team, community leaders and residents worked together to add even more services. They include those for child support, older adults and people with disabilities, and veterans.  Workforce development resources will also be available.

A 4,000-square-foot conference center within the building will be made available to the public.

Construction on the Southeastern Live Well Center is scheduled to start in August 2020 and the facility will open for business in May 2022.

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact