The emerging culinary and cultural district is essentially inside the triangle created by the 805, 52 and 163 freeways, and the heart of it is Convoy Street.
The San Diego Night Market, an Asian food summer festival, happens there, and so do a handful of other food and community festivals.
“It’s an incredibly dynamic business district,” said Vince Vasquez, a researcher for the National University System Institute for Policy Research who also serves as the spokesperson for the Convoy District Partnership, a group that promotes the region. “We think of it as San Diego’s next great business district.”
But Vasquez said he and a growing number of community members think Convoy Street is at risk of losing its cultural character. A project proposed by Time Warner Cable at 4020 Convoy St. could do irreversible damage to the neighborhood, Vasquez said.
Time Warner has plans to replace a shuttered restaurant on the site with a facility housed with equipment. A spokesperson for the company said the project is needed to improve service to the area.
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Councilman Chris Cate is just another BIG business Republican that doesn't really care about small businesses and the community!
Thanks for this article, pointing out an important happening in one of the important cultural districts of San Diego:
A few things to mention regarding the Convoy St. project:
1) Blight? : The main reason that the building looks "blighted" is because Time Warner bought the property several years ago and sat on it and didn't take care of it. This is clearly a situation where it helps their case to say "we're going to build something that's better than what was there"...even though it's because they are the ones to have caused it! The rest of Convoy St. doesn't look this bad! They really should have been better landlords, and could have subleased or at least maintained the property during all of these years to prevent it's deterioration and negative impact on the community.
2) Transparency ? : Time Warner also didn't say what they were going to do with the property until they showed up at a community planning meeting only recently when they wanted to get a *Conditional Use Permit* (essentially to get a waiver to zoning rules) in order to move this project forward. No one, including the neighboring landlord or other community members, knew about their plans for a substation until now. Not very nice or respectful to the rest of us on the street.
3) What Could Have Been : Many community land owners wanted to buy the property to use for other purposes that fit better, like restaurants or retail. Most would have also been OK with a Time Warner retail store, since retail is a large part of the community. But a blocked off concrete bunker substation!?!
4) Why there? : Since this facility is fully automated and doesn't need access to a large street, it can be put anywhere... why not put this on a back street tucked away somewhere, and not a *main* street as there ever was one like Convoy St !?! This is not the "highest and best use" for the land, which is a responsibility that city officials and the community has to uphold.
If you agree that it's not a good idea to drop a "dead-space" bunker onto Convoy St and ruin it's cultural feel , please sign and pass this petition onwards! :
- A concerned San Diegan and Convoy District community member
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@P W What's the best way to end land banking?
@P W Time Warner has no concern for the community, nor for their captive customers.
The proposed Time Warner building is why San Diego needs to replace a portion of property taxes with a street frontage tax. Then to save money, buildings that don't need to be visible from the street would prefer to be tucked BEHIND restaurants, not replace them.