City Mark Development will build Pier on Kettner Blvd in Little Italy San Deigo

In the next few months, CityMark Development LLC and CLB Partners will break ground on Pier, the firm’s third condominium development in Little Italy.

The building follows the Downtown trend of mixed use, retail on the ground floors and residence above; that’s based on the way old European cities are built. But it has a distinctly modern look; two towers that will hold 230 units and 10,500 square feet of retail space. Designed by Martinez + Cutri, Pier will have three distinct areas, all reminiscent of cargo ships, the pier and sailboats that dot the bay in its sight lines.

It’s a landmark building inspired by the bay and the tradition of this great neighborhood,” says CityMark principal Russ Haley. “We have a lot invested in this community and Pier will be our absolute signature building.”

Pier will rise at the site of the old Metro Volkswagen Audi dealership, on Kettner between Fir and Grape streets. To the west, residents will have a view of the landmark County Administration Building and a front seat for the development of the North Embarcadero project, an effort of the city, county and Port that will transform the waterfront in a more pedestrian friendly environment. The Trolley and Amtrak stations are within a few blocks.