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Vital Vote Scheduled for Navy Broadway Project

This week is pivotal in the ongoing debate about the massive Navy Broadway redevelopment project proposed for San Diego’s downtown waterfront.  The deadline to approve or deny the landmark project is imminent, and opponents are mounting last minute challenges. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego’s redevelopment agency is scheduled to vote on the so -called “Pacific Gateway” project this week. Under the plan, the 15 acre bayfront site, owned by the Navy, would contain nearly three million square feet of new office blocks and hotels. 

The mayor’s office says the environmental impacts don’t need to be re-assessed because they’re included in existing studies. But Duncan McFetridge of the group SOFAR argues the law requires an updated environmental review…

McFetridge:  . .to examine the effects of this project, which has massive traffic implications on the surrounding area.

McFetridge says the city’s redevelopment agency, the CCDC, cannot approve the plans this week without an updated environmental review. But the project’s developer, Doug Manchester could sue if the city delays its approval. Manchester says he won't sign a contract with the Navy without the approval. The deadline for the contract, set by Washington, is the end of the year.  Alison St John, KPBS News.

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