601 W. Beech


“I wanted to honor the history of Little Italy,” said John Asaro. “As I was designing the frieze, I was inspired by the neighborhood fishermen, the tuna and porpoises who often swam together, and the churned-up water and waves – all interacting together. The bent abstract shapes of the frieze represent this interaction.”


- John Asaro

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FORGE is proud to announce its acquisition of the property located at 601 W. Beech Street. With this acquisition, Forge hopes to perpetuate the workforce history and legacy of the area that is Little Italy. The property was purchased from the Asaro family who have called Little Italy home since the 1940s. Forge plans to redevelop the property into a world class high-rise building providing some 265 rental units of workforce housing for the City of San Diego. Preserving and supporting the working class tradition of the area was a guiding objective in the development of this project.

True to this tradition, this development will be privately-financed and not government subsidized. This project was made possible as the result of initiatives developed and supported by the Office of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. These initiatives have helped streamline and reduce the construction processes and costs making possible the development of housing for the middle income worker.

​San Diego’s Historic Little Italy District is the Oldest Surviving District in the City. . . 

Founded in the 1920’s, San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood was once the heart of the tuna canning industry of the west. During the industry’s decline and the construction of the I-5 freeway in the 1970’s, the district was fragmented and began a nearly 30 year decline. In the 1990’s, property and business owners decided to revitalize the district. Today, Little Italy is an energetic neighborhood with exceptional dining, entertainment, and living options.


The Details

Architect: Gensler 

  • 302 new housing units that range from studio to three bedroom apartments                                                       

  • The units range in size from 350 to 1,030 square feet


  • All units with state of the art private baths and cooking facilities                                                                        

  • 28 stories, with over 11,000 square feet of new retail and amenities                                                                      

  • State of the art GREEN technologies with very low energy and water costs                                                              

  • Wall to wall and floor to ceiling operable glass windows                                            

  • Podium level bar/lounge


  • Roof top pool

  • Stunning 360 degree views

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