In this week’s San Diego explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Kinsee Morlan discuss what’s next for the old central library.
The County Board of Supervisors will decide the next step for Lilac Hills Ranch on Tuesday. If they approve the project outright, instead of sending it to the November ballot for voters to decide, neighbors say they’ll sue the county for ignoring its own safety standards.
The Port must grapple with a fundamental question as it considers the proposals for the future of Seaport Village: How much say should a single developer have over public land? It also must consider what’s suitable for public waterfront property in the first place, whether each plan is consistent with the Port’s vision and what’s best for its budget.
The Port has decided to let developers shape major overhauls of Seaport Village and Harbor Island before it finalizes a comprehensive master plan for the waterfront. That means it is private developers, not public officials, who are framing the discussion of the bay’s future.
Encinitas has placed itself in a tough legal position. Local voters could reject the city’s plan to accommodate new housing – a plan required by state law. Encinitas is the only city in the county, and one of a few in the state, without a legal housing plan.
New, low-income apartments don’t always go to the low-income people who already live in the city they’re built. Leaders in National City have a plan to fight the displacement of the city’s low-income residents.
City officials are finally deciding what’s next for the old central library, an iconic building that’s sat empty since its replacement opened in 2013.
On one side is developers who want to see the area just north of the Mexican border used for new homes to address a regional housing shortage; on the other, business groups that believe it should be industrial land to create jobs.
Civic San Diego is one step closer to completing an important development project in southeastern San Diego, but some in the community aren’t pleased with the process that led the organization to choose a developer. The complaints are stirring up the same issues that have kept Civic San Diego from expanding its authority outside of downtown for years. Namely, many in the community just don’t trust the organization.
One of Ed Harris’ first acts as a city councilman in 2014 was to stage a protest against a city plan to add density near a planned trolley stop in Bay Park. Now, Harris is running for mayor and talking up the need to build new housing near transit – just what the proposal he opposed intended to do. In an interview, he said he’s changed his perspective.