Statewide, redevelopment is still dead.
But the San Diego version that rose from its ashes, Civic San Diego, has been taking some baby steps toward what leaders hope is its future as a local reincarnate of the program that subsidized development projects to improve urban neighborhoods.
Civic San Diego was officially created last summer when the City Council voted to merge its two nonprofit entities that had been empowered to run the replacement program. Centre City Development Corp. and the Southeast Economic Development Corp., which managed projects downtown and in southeastern San Diego, respectively, became a single entity.
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Civic San Diego’s first order of business is to finish paying out the redevelopment projects that were lined up before the state axed the program — projects like building public plazas at Horton Plaza and along the bayfront for the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, creating a quiet zone surrounding downtown train tracks and a helping pay for a host of affordable housing projects.
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Finally, you recently overstated at 6.9 acres the size of SDUSD property presently on sale in Mission Beach: the true figure is 2.3 acres. At any size, this invaluable property should not be sold off for private development. The proposed firesale will be disputed at today's School Board meeting beginning at 5 p.m.
I hope to see those neighborhood web cams that the CCDC had on its web site back functioning, as I was so happy to be able to view many of the downtown neighborhoods in my old home of SD in real time from anywhere!!!
P.S. if Monarch school which helps some of our neediest cihildren gets big private donations from individuals, and in turn offers naming opportunities, then more power to them.