The County plays a critical role in providing a variety of health and community services to promote the well-being of residents. The new Southeastern Live Well Center will provide a single stop for residents to get these services in a convenient and modern location. It will also serve as a hub for community meetings, educational opportunities and workforce training. The center is expected to open in 2021. We are working closely with the community to develop the project, and your feedback is welcome.
Q1. What is a Live Well Center?
Our mission is to create the opportunity for all residents – regardless of geographic location, age group, gender, race/ethnicity, or socio-economic level – to achieve the Live Well San Diego vision by engaging the community, strengthening existing services, and serving for results. Live Well Centers serve as the infrastructure and community hub that supports this mission. The Live Well Center will help in our efforts to customize and strengthen existing services. It will also serve as a single stop for health and social services for residents in surrounding communities.
Q2. Why is the County building a Live Well Center in Southeastern San Diego?
Current facilities are aged, undersized, and spread out, with insufficient parking. In response to requests for improved access to services and a trauma-informed, resiliency building approach, the County is investing in a facility that houses multiple services and offers a welcoming environment. The lobby will offer a spacious seating area with quick access to the reception windows and interview rooms which will be spacious and open while having partitions to maintain confidentiality. Family friendly features will include books and toys in the lobby areas to engage children. The multi-story facility will provide safe, healthy and functional facilities with ample parking for customers.
Q3. Why is the County planning to place a new Live Well Center on the corner of Market and Euclid?
Many of the families and children receiving services from the Family Resource Center, currently located at 4588 Market Street in San Diego City Council District 4 are receiving multiple services from other County offices located miles apart. There are approximately 80,000 residents, most of whom live within 2 miles of the proposed building site, who currently access the County services that will be provided at the Southeastern Live Well Center. Co-locating services under one roof helps create a positive experience where the residents’ needs are met at one location saving time and resources, and increasing the likelihood of accessing the needed services. The Client Location Map (zip codes 92102, 92113, 92114, 92139) shows that 48% of area residents are receiving at least one service.
Q4. Is the County planning to move all its welfare (self-sufficiency) cases to District 4?
There is no plan to move all self-sufficiency services to a single office in District 4. Services currently offered at 4588 Market Street in District 4 will be transferred to the proposed new site, also in District 4. The County will continue to operate services at 1255 Imperial Avenue in East Village, and at 1130 Tenth Avenue in the Downtown Area.
Q5. What departments and services will have a presence at the Southeastern Live Well Center?
Q6. How many customers will come through the door per day?
All responses are estimates based on current traffic: approximately 565 to 595
Q7. How many employees will work at the Southeastern Live Well Center?
Approximately 266 employees (see breakdown above).
Q8. What is the economic impact to Southeastern San Diego and is there any data analysis done to support this?
An economic analysis is not available at this time, but there will be approximately 266 additional employees working in that area, with the potential for increased economic activity.
Q9. How many jobs will be created by the construction project?
This project will create approximately 1,060 building design and construction jobs. Statistics from Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), County of San Diego, and the Federal government shows that the construction project cost percentage of Subcontracts is 75-85%. In construction projects over 50 million dollars, government statistics show that the General Contractor typically hires over 30 different subcontractors.
Q10. Will there be opportunities created for small, minority, veteran and women owned businesses to participate in the primary contract awarded or compete for portions of the project?
Yes, County of San Diego policies promote Small Business, Veteran Owned Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises to participate in County Contracts. Minority and women owned businesses are eligible as part of Small Business opportunities. The construction portion of the project will require the prime contractor to subcontract at least 3% of the work to Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises. The California Public Contracts Code requires that all construction contractors fully disclose all subcontractors that perform work, labor, or render services to the prime contractor in the amount exceeding .5% of the total construction contract value. Additionally, as part of their proposals for the project, potential contractors will be asked to present their plans to engage Small Business, Veteran Owned Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises. The County also will regularly host community outreach events to promote other contracting and subcontracting opportunities created by the project.
Q11. How do companies that are interested in working on this project keep track of future business opportunities?
The County will regularly host community business outreach events to promote contracting and
subcontracting opportunities created by the project. Companies that are interested in doing business with
the County of San Diego should register on BuyNet. BuyNet is the County of San Diego’s online procurement system where opportunities to respond to solicitations are posted. The solicitation for the construction of the new Southeastern Live Well Center and services that are related to this project will be posted on BuyNet. Once registered, your company will receive commodity-based notifications of new solicitations and changes to solicitations, based upon the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) commodity codes which identifies products and services. To register please go to https://buynet.sdcounty.ca.gov/.
If you have questions or require assistance in registering contact the County’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting at (858) 505-6367.
Q12. Are there opportunities to learn more from County personnel on business opportunities?
The County of San Diego regularly hosts a series of outreach workshops titled “Doing Business with the County of San Diego”. The first event relating to the Southeastern Live Well Center project will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA – Community Room from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The address for this event as well as future events can be viewed at: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/purchasing/DoingBusiness.html.
If you need additional assistance or have questions, please contact the County’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting at (858) 505-6367.
Q13. Will this project generate opportunities for community youth and adults to be employed, engaged in apprenticeship programs, and/or offered internships or externships to gain work experience?
As part of the solicitation for the project, potential contractors will be asked to present as part of their proposals their plan to engage local community resources during the project, including any such apprenticeship or other workforce hiring programs. Additionally, throughout the life of the project there will be multiple contracting and subcontracting opportunities generated by project activities. During the project, the County will host outreach events to ensure that the community is aware of project opportunities.
Q14. In preparation for completion of the project and opening the new facility, what will the County do now to prepare youth from the community for future County job openings available in that facility by 2021?
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is currently working on developing a
pilot program to deliberately reach out to youth in the Southeastern San Diego catchment area to offer
development opportunities for youth to prepare them for future employment with the County. The program will be designed for 50 youth and adults aged 18-24 to provide work readiness training, externships, and career counseling with a goal of preparing them for future employment with the County, particularly at the Southeastern Live Well Center targeted to open September 1, 2021. The youth and adults that successfully gain employment after completion of the program, would be given growth opportunities to advance their careers in many different classifications that the County offers.
Q15. How will this project contribute to the long term educational outcomes for youth in the community?
The County of San Diego will use the Southeastern Live Well Center as a location to collaborate with County Employee Resource Groups and community partners to offer support and assistance to neighborhood youth for high school graduation and post high school education.
Q16. What is the value of the project?
Q17. How will construction be financed?
County General Funds
Q18. What is the approximate date of groundbreaking/grand opening?
Groundbreaking for the project is expected to start in spring 2020. The Southeastern Live Well Center is projected to open on September 1, 2021.
Q19. What is the acreage of the entire site?
Q20. What is the combined square footage of the building(s)?
Approximately 80,000 square feet
Q21. How many levels will the building have?
A 4-story building is anticipated.
Q22. How many parking spaces will be available?
There will be approximately 380 parking spaces. The majority of spaces will be located in the parking structure.
Q23. What are the next steps with CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act)?
On March 29, 2018, a legal notice was posted in the Union Tribune (largest general circulation), adjacent property owners were noticed by mail, an electronic copy of the document was posted online, and a hard copy was posted in the Malcolm X library, all in conformance with CEQA regulations. Comments were accepted through April 27, 2018. The next step in the CEQA process is to respond to public comments and finalize the document. Once the document is finalized, certification of the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) is expected to occur at the Board of Supervisor’s Meeting on June 19, 2018.
Q24. What are the next steps for the project overall?
Develop the design and construction requirements including input from the community and future occupants of the Southeastern Live Well Center. Once the project is approved by the County Board of Supervisors (expected to be June 19, 2018), the County will advertise for a Design Build team. The Design Build team will include both a General Contractor and an Architectural Design team. The selection of the Design Build team is a two-step process. The first step is the Request for Statement of Qualifications (RFSQ) which is open to all to submit qualifications to design and construct the project. Three to four teams will be selected to go on to the Request for Proposal (RFP) step which includes submitting a proposal for the project. The time frame from advertising the RFSQ to signing of the Design Build contract is approximately 6 to 9 months. The selected team will work with the County to design and construct the project.
Q25. Will there be traffic improvements associated with the project?
As part of the traffic improvement process, medians will be built on Euclid Avenue and Market Street, and a traffic light will be built on Market Street at the entrance to the new parking structure. The County will also pay a fair share contribution to the City of San Diego for future traffic improvements.
Q26. What are the requirements and the process for non-profit organizations to receive a space to operate at the Southeastern Live Well Center?
Current process exists at the North Inland Live Well Center (NILWC) at the Veteran’s center which allows non-profit organizations that provide services to veterans to use the shared space. They have no cost for the space but must provide proof of insurance. They are required to provide monthly data on the number of calls, contacts and services provided at the NILWC. For the Southeastern Live Well Center, input from the community will be considered on how to utilize the space and create specific guidelines.
Q27. Will there be any opportunity for the community to give input on the exterior design of the facility and campus, as well as interior design?
The community will be given the opportunity to suggest input on the design concept. Input may be incorporated into the project’s Basis of Design document. The Basis of Design document directs the designers on the form and function of the project’s architecture. We will schedule an initial community design input meeting as part of developing the basis of design (anticipated to be June/July 2018.) A second community input meeting is contemplated prior to the release of the Request for Proposal to allow final alignment of criteria and expectations. Proposed project designs will be displayed for public review and comment. Location and date to be determined and is anticipated for the first quarter of 2019. Additionally, the County will present the project to Chollas Valley Community Planning Group for input on the Basis of Design and to present the final design.
Q28. What principles will guide building design?
The County is committed to creating a welcoming environment and meeting the County’s Design Standards. These include energy and water efficient buildings, promoting aesthetics in interior and exterior building design, including public art and landscaping, and providing safe, healthy, functional facilities. The project landscaping will coordinate with and enhance the existing open space and trail potentially providing gathering spaces, seating or similar enhancements. The building design will also be guided by the City of San Diego Community Plan for the Encanto Neighborhoods such as providing a building that is rich in character, colors, materials and details, and respects the cultural identity of the Encanto neighborhoods.
The community will have an important role in the development of public art for the SELWC through participation in the visioning of project opportunities prior to the solicitation of artists after the selection of the design build team. The community will be invited to interact with the selected artist or artists prior to the development of an artwork proposal by attending input sessions held at locations such as local schools, community centers, libraries, and special events.
Q29. Where will the property be located and when will it be opened?
The property will be located in the 400 block of Euclid Avenue, San Diego, 92114 with significant frontage along Market Street, across from the Malcolm X Library. The Southeastern Live Well Center is projected to open on September 1, 2021.
Q30. Is the conference room available for community members?
Yes. The County’s working plan is to make the facility available to community organizations in a manner consistent with the use of the Tubman-Chavez facility by community organizations. The Conference Center will be available for use by community outreach partners, non-profit organizations, and members of the public from 7 am -5 pm Monday thru Friday and per request and availability on evenings and weekends.
Q31. Will there be a charge to use the room?
The County’s working plan is to charge no or low cost fees to recover expenses, depending on the timing, size, technology and support needs of the community organization.
Q32. What are the available hours for the conference room?
The conference center can be reserved during business hours Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm, as well as evenings and weekends based on availability.
Q33. How will the voice of customer be considered in the planning?
The County welcomes input from community members and organizations on this topic. You can email us at Juanita.Garcia@sdcounty.ca.gov.
Q34. How will the County honor Tubman-Chavez in the new facility (naming the facility or conference center Tubman-Chavez)?
The County is still working with the City of San Diego to determine if the Tubman-Chavez property will be donated. Tubman-Chavez will be considered in the future naming of the conference center. Also, the Basis of Design will consider reproduction of the existing local artist’s mural incorporated into public spaces.
Q35. The Current Tubman-Chavez building is approximately 7,000 square feet in size. How big will the Conference space be which is available to the community?
While the Tubman-Chavez building is approximately 7,000 square feet, the conference space is approximately 2,700 square feet. The new conference center in the Southeastern Live Well Center, which will be available to the community, will be approximately 4,000 square feet.
Q36. Will the local drug treatment facility (methadone clinic) be moving into the new center?
Q37. What probation services are planned for the Southeastern Live Well Center?
Using TRUST (Treatment, Restorative justice, Uniting Supportive services with Trauma-informed care), Probation will support youth and adult clients through case planning, accountability and a restorative justice model that enhances community safety for all residents. The Probation Department, through collaboration with other County Departments and public input, will be identifying space for community providers to co-locate and provide assessment and linkage services for critical treatment needs. Integrating service providers with Probation staff will create warm handoffs to help clients access services in their community.
Q38. Are HHSA’s homeless services at 10th Avenue and C Street (Metro Family Resource Center) and Market Street (Southeast Family Resource Center) moving to the new center?
No, homeless services located at 10th Avenue and C Street (Metro Family Resource Center) are not moving to the new facility. Services at the Southeast Family Resource Center on Market Street are moving to the new facility, however they do not administer the General Relief program or homeless services for childless adults.