In a case with strong echoes of the controversial Sunroad deal that has ensnared Mayor Bob Filner’s office, another contested development held up by the city was allowed to move forward after the developers agreed to pay $150,000 for neighborhood improvements.
City Hall’s been buzzing over a $100,000 donation made by developer Sunroad Enterprises to the city of San Diego in exchange for formal approval of a development project in Kearny Mesa.
But earlier this year, developer Carmel Partners had already begun work on Centrepoint, a large project on El Cajon Boulevard, when Filner instructed city staff to stop conducting inspections on completed phases, thereby halting construction.
The developers sued, claiming Filner had halted their project in order to “curry favor” with local residents who had complained about the development. Before the lawsuit got to trial, Centrepoint settled with the city. A key part of that settlement: The developers agreed to pay $150,000 to enhance nearby Clay Park, once the building was complete. In exchange, the city agreed to allow the project to resume.