Application filed to rejuvenate Red Roost and Red Rest cottages and construct a condo complex

After decades of neglect and more than a year after a fire caused extensive damage, an application has been filed with the City of San Diego to rehabilitate La Jolla’s Red Rest and Red Roost cottages and build a resort condominiums nearby.

The application, posted on the cottages site at 1187 and 1179 Coast Blvd., says applicant Alcorn & Benton Architects is applying for site development and coastal development permits to construct a new four-story, eight-unit condominium building with an underground parking garage and to “rehabilitate two historically designated cottages for commercial purposes” on this site.

According to the preliminary application, the scope of work would include the refurbishment of the two chalets “to be in usable condition with modifications to allow for modern commercial uses. [and] reconstruction of missing historical elements. The project also includes “the relocation of structures on site to allow the construction of a new condominium residential building and a podium with underground parking”.

The chalets “will be moved closer to the property line”, the request states. “An access ramp to the underground parking lot will be located at the farthest northwest corner of the property.”

La Jolla candidate and architect Paul Benton could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Red Rest Chalet, which was destroyed by fire in October 2020, is to be rebuilt to match the documented features of the property, including roof dimensions and height, glazing, brick chimney, wood siding painted and associated details, doors and windows. and more.

The adjacent Red Roost will be rebuilt as needed, based on demand. Plans include removal of a metal ventilation duct, reconstruction of the roof framework, replacement of existing glazing with clear glass, replacement of deteriorated and lost outlook (a roof element), reconstruction of the brick fireplace and more.

For both chalets, plans include using as many salvaged bricks as possible and keeping unused ones.

Red Roost and Red Rest cottages are pictured after a fire in October 2020 destroyed Red Rest.

(KC Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Details on the planned condo complex were not immediately available.

The Red Rest and Red Roost, built in 1894 for George Leovy and Dr. Joseph Fishburn, are considered the oldest structures in the village. However, they have gone virtually unmaintained for three decades in what conservatives have called “negligent demolition.”

After nearly 50 years of private ownership and property transfers, the cottages were acquired in 2014 by Denver-based Apartment Investment and Management Co. In 2018, AIMCO sold the cottage property and the adjacent La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites to a group of hotel business investors.

Then, at the beginning of October 26, 2020, Red Rest burned and Red Roost was damaged. At the time of the fire, the chalets were uninhabited and covered with protective tarpaulins. Investigators from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s Metro Arson Strike Team called the cause of the fire “undetermined.” Estimated damage to structures was $175,000.

The two cottages, which have been on the National and San Diego, California, Historic Registers since the 1970s, are considered “the oldest buildings in La Jolla on their original site,” according to former executive director Heath Fox. of the La Jolla Historical Society. .

They “represent the Arts and Crafts vernacular of early La Jolla construction [and] were a prototype of the California bungalow style that became so prominent in the 20th century,” Fox said at the time of the fire. “And their proximity to the Pacific Ocean contributes to what makes them historically significant.”

The project will be subject to review for compliance with city historic resource regulations and other reviews. A town planner told the La Jolla Light that the permitting process could take months or years, depending on the questions raised by the staff of the various municipal departments. The project will also be subject to a hearing at the San Diego Planning Commission. ◆

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