Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 | As readers of the Scott Lewis on Politics, or SLOP, blog know, I’ve been spending time these last couple of weeks trying to educate myself about the Navy Broadway Complex and the difficult decisions that are being made about it right now.
This is the city’s front porch – or at least part of it. It’s an incredibly valuable plot of land that may in fact be one of the most attractive development opportunities along the entire California coast. On the edge of downtown, its prime placement has provoked many San Diegans to dream about what it could be – whether it could be transformed into a gathering place worthy of the acclaim of some of the great waterfront cities of the world.
But it’s the Navy’s property right now, and the city signed a deal with the Navy long ago that governs what will happen to it.
A Jan. 1 deadline on that agreement is fast approaching. City leaders of all stripes are struggling with the decision about whether to miss the deadline and toss the future of the complex into the air, or whether to meet the deadline and allow developer Doug Manchester to proceed with his plans for the area.
Manchester’s deal is simple, he’s agreed to build the Navy a new office complex in exchange for the right to build a bunch of commercial facilities around it and generate a profit.
I’ve come to a couple of conclusions I thought I would share.