One of the biggest ironies of the Convention Center expansion’s demise is that this path — the one that has taken six years, cost $10 million and ended in nothing — was considered the least risky.
And yet, with one 7-0 vote Tuesday, the San Diego City Council abandoned the effort. The $520 million plan to expand the facility — the biggest construction project on the city’s docket — is now dead. It won’t have to fight off the last environmental litigation from attorney Cory Briggs, who engineered this collapse. It will not pass go.
It is one of the biggest, gnarliest and most embarrassing legal failures the city has ever seen. Never mind the countless hours of hearings, meetings and public pronouncements, the Convention Center Corporation has already spent $7 million on “due diligence, land acquisition costs, entitlement and design,” Steven Johnson, the Convention Center spokesman, told me Tuesday.
The agency also got a $3 million loan from the now defunct Centre City Development Corp. — that all is lost too.