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Environmental impact of Navy Broadway redevelopment has some concerned

The ambitious Navy Broadway redevelopment plan on the waterfront in downtown San Diego may face scrutiny from the California Coastal Commission. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Navy got approval for their plan from the Coastal Commission back in the early 1990s, when they made an agreement with the city to redevelop the area. The project wants built then but now it's on a fast track. Critics have raised questions about the environmental impacts of the massive high rises proposed for the site.

Coastal commissioner Mark Delaplaine says it's up to the Navy to decide whether to seek his panel's approval.

Delaplaine: "The safe thing to do would be to get a permit because then you wouldn't have someone suing that they didn't go through the right process. So we haven't taken any formal position as to whether a permit is needed, it's just it's been an open question since it was raised 15 years ago."

The Navy and the developer, Doug Manchester, are rushing to sign a 99 year lease by the end of this year. Alison St John, KPBS news.

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