Window cleaner dies at Father Joe’s building in San Diego’s East Village in the fall – Archyde

A window cleaner died after falling from 14-foot scaffolding while working at a newly opened East Village building operated by Father Joe’s Villages late Wednesday morning, police and firefighters said.

San Diego Fire Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz said the incident was reported just after 11:50 a.m. at the corner of 14th Street and Commercial Street.

Building, Villa of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, has been under construction for two years and is adjacent to the main Father Joe’s Villages campus in downtown San Diego. The 14-story building will provide housing for more than 500 homeless and low-income people, with the first tenants to move in this month.

A San Diego police spokesman said officers responded to the fatal fall and notified Cal-OSHA, a state agency that investigates work-related deaths.

A spokesman for the state authority confirmed that investigations were underway.

“Cal/OSHA has reported one death. According to the outside source, a Sky High Window Cleaning employee died in a fall at 11:45 this morning. Cal/OSHA is investigating,” the statement said.

Father Joe’s Villages and Chelsea Investment Corporation, the project’s developer, issued a joint statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the incident.

“As a partner in the development of Villa Saint Teresa of Calcutta, we are deeply saddened by the accidental death of a subcontractor employee during the final stages of construction,” the statement said. “From our team, we offer our heartfelt prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the victim. As a close-knit community, we understand the impact this tragedy will have on family and loved ones, and on the lives of all of our partners involved in this project.”

The $145 million project is the largest residential building ever built by Father Joe’s Villages and will provide housing, shelter and a variety of services to San Diego’s homeless population. The 407-unit building includes 270 rooms for people affected by homelessness and 80 rooms for veterans affected by homelessness or who qualify for low-income housing.

An opening ceremony for the villa of Saint Teresa of Kolkata is scheduled for February 10th.

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