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SDfan Jan 21, 2011 12:12 AM

Interesting...

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2...lics-opinions/

kpexpress Jan 21, 2011 7:49 PM

If bonds to fund convention center were passed by a public vote, but the public, then why should the redevelopment agency pay for them?

Derek Jan 22, 2011 9:30 AM

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2...its-16-cities/

staplesla Jan 24, 2011 8:14 PM

County ready to start $44 million waterfront park
 
It's taken 103 years, but the long-held idea of a waterfront park is about to get rolling this week with action expected by the Board of Supervisors.

The board is scheduled to vote:

* $2.6 million to demolish the 1958 J. W. Askew Building on the north side of the County Administration Center
* $1.2 million to complete the design for a 12-acre park that will replace the building and extend to the north and south parking lots of what many believe is the most beautiful public building in the county.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2...terfront-park/

http://media.signonsandiego.com/img/...c82dae770b93ac
http://media.signonsandiego.com/img/...c82dae770b93ac

Lipani Jan 24, 2011 9:19 PM

Maybe in another 103 years the Chargers will finally have a new stadium after Robot Donna Frye is deactivated via term limits. :ahhh:

All kidding aside, it's about damn time. Now if they only did something about Lane Field...

patriotizzy Jan 25, 2011 5:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lipani (Post 5137838)
Maybe in another 103 years the Chargers will finally have a new stadium after Robot Donna Frye is deactivated via term limits. :ahhh:

All kidding aside, it's about damn time. Now if they only did something about Lane Field...

The rendering of the park looks awesome. I hope this happens soon.

Derek Jan 27, 2011 9:38 AM

Thought you guys might like. :tup:


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5257/...a61e58c5_b.jpg
IMG_1094 by derekabrahamadour, on Flickr

brantw Jan 27, 2011 6:37 PM

Does anybody know why they have never turned that fountain back on? I always thought it was a pretty cool little addition to that area.

Urbanize_It Jan 27, 2011 7:09 PM

Great pic! Thanks for sharing Derek!

HurricaneHugo Jan 27, 2011 9:55 PM

Have you guys seen this alternative plan for the Chargers stadium?

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&p...ZjZkZWY2&hl=en

laguna Jan 28, 2011 2:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brantw (Post 5141874)
Does anybody know why they have never turned that fountain back on? I always thought it was a pretty cool little addition to that area.

Several lawsuits were filed (student loans have to be repaid, you know) and the city shut it down rather than face future litigation.

The next time you pass the law school being built around the corner, think about how all those new lawyers are going to earn a living. It is rather frightening.

kpexpress Jan 28, 2011 7:40 AM

heard Thomas Jefferson School of Law took over master lease for Entrada for law school student housing.

SDfan Jan 28, 2011 9:03 AM

^^Whats Entrada?

And there is an article in the UT about walmart wanting to build a dozen new stores in the city... uh...

brantw Jan 28, 2011 6:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by laguna (Post 5142592)
Several lawsuits were filed (student loans have to be repaid, you know) and the city shut it down rather than face future litigation.

The next time you pass the law school being built around the corner, think about how all those new lawyers are going to earn a living. It is rather frightening.

I can remember one time I saw a guy's dog get loose in the fountain before the gates were up. The dog ended up having to take care of it's business in the middle of the fountain. It ended up turning into a disaster. :yuck:

Lipani Jan 29, 2011 1:18 AM

Raise your hand if you're shocked.

Quote:

New Lawsuit Challenges Navy Broadway Project

Friday, January 28, 2011

Local environmentalists have filed a new lawsuit against the U.S. Navy, calling for further environmental review before commercial development proceeds on the long-discussed Navy Broadway Complex in downtown San Diego.

The suit was filed Jan. 25 in U.S. District Court by Navy Broadway Complex Coalition, represented by local attorney Cory Briggs, which has also challenged development of the adjacent Embarcadero waterfront district in downtown San Diego.

It is the second suit regarding a mixed-use development on a 12-acre site at the foot of Broadway, currently owned by the Navy. The Navy accepted a plan for the project known as Manchester Pacific Gateway in 2006 from local developer Douglas Manchester.

The project has been stalled primarily by financing issues related to the economy. With a cost estimated between $800 million and $1 billion, it would include a new Navy headquarters building, commercial offices, 1,500 hotel rooms, retail space and underground parking.

As the result of a prior suit filed by the coalition in 2006, the Navy conducted an updated environmental assessment that determined no adverse impact would result from the project.

The new suit asks the court to overturn that finding and force the Navy to conduct another environmental study, on the grounds that much has changed since the developer’s initial plans were accepted.

That includes other new and proposed development coming to the downtown area, and increased requirements for homeland security. The lawsuit seeks a review of impacts including increased traffic and congestion, air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and heightened demand for public safety services.

— Lou Hirsh
http://www.sdbj.com/news/2011/jan/28...adway-project/

brantw Jan 29, 2011 5:03 AM

Farmers Insurance Zeppelin
 
The Farmers Insurance Zeppelin above the Omni and Petco Park.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5251/...0e5d8a5e_b.jpg

eburress Jan 29, 2011 5:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lipani (Post 5143749)

I hate this place.



Edit --> Yes, let's conduct more environmental assessments. Please. Doing so will change nothing, but it will stifle progress and waste tons and tons of money...so yeah, bring it on. There are places where this %$#@ doesn't happen. Places where things actually happen. Places where things get done. I hate this place.

Derek Jan 29, 2011 8:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eburress (Post 5144018)
I hate this place.



Edit --> Yes, let's conduct more environmental assessments. Please. Doing so will change nothing, but it will stifle progress and waste tons and tons of money...so yeah, bring it on. There are places where this %$#@ doesn't happen. Places where things actually happen. Places where things get done. I hate this place.

Those guys just need to get a life.

mello Jan 29, 2011 9:55 PM

So what is the status of the Manchester Broadway project? Even if there were no lawsuits is he ready to move on it? Is there demand for more hotel rooms and condos right now? How many rooms are they planning at Lane Field next door? Its about 6 to 8 hundred right...

The only reason I could see someone trying to block this project is if they live in condos east of there and their view would be obstructed by it lol. Can't the judges see through all these stupid lawsuits in California as obstructionism and do something about it. Our system really is broken when these idiots can impede progress that will benefit the urban core and waterfront of a large region. Those old crappy Navy office buildings are an embarrassing to our city being right there on the embarcadero.

Lipani Jan 30, 2011 5:49 PM

^ They want the entire lot to be open space. The UT ended up running a more informational article than the Business Journal.

Quote:

The environmentalists who successfully got the San Diego Unified Port District this month to add more open space in the first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, are returning to their first priority -- defeating the redevelopment of the Navy Broadway Complex at the foot of Broadway, adjacent to the Embarcadero boundaries.

The Navy Broadway Complex Coalition filed a new lawsuit Tuesday against the Navy calling for a new environmental review of the $1 billion plan it accepted from developer Douglas F. Manchester five years ago. Coalition members have talked of turning the 12.1-acre site into something akin to Chicago’s much-admired Millennium Park.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2...-navy-broadwa/

It should be noted that Ian Trowbridge has run for the city council numerous times, losing every race. He's tried to stop almost every major development downtown. Basically, the guy's vision is to turn every empty lot into a park.

As for the status of the Navy Broadway development, this was also in the article from the UT:

Quote:

Perry Dealy, who put together the Manchester deal but now acts as an unpaid advocate, said the project can move forward once the legal challenges have been resolved.

"We're very excited that the overall economics are making a change for the better," Dealy said.

He cited optimistic views expressed at a national hotel conference in San Diego earlier this week that more hotel development will occur in 2011.

"These eight blocks are very well positioned as probably the best undeveloped waterfront property in the U.S. We're very positive about being able to pull together a development timeline as the year progresses, as soon as the legal issues are resolved, and be able to move forward with the project.
http://media.signonsandiego.com/img/...c82dae770b93ac
A 2006 rendering of the Manchester Pacific Gateway project shows how the hotels, offices and retail spaces would be fitted into the eight square blocks now occupied by Navy buildings.


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