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Design panel invited to SD to review bayfront project

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego's downtown redevelopment agency has invited several notable architects and urban designers to review the plans for the Navy Broadway complex. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Center City Development Corporation hopes to broaden the debate over the Navy Broadway complex by bringing in architects from around the country. The project has come under fire from critics who say the dense commercial development proposed by developer Doug Manchester is inappropriate for the Bayfront site.

CCDC Board member Fred Maas says the design panel will bring a fresh perspective.

Maas: "To get that kind of broad out of the box kind of thinking will at least perhaps propose what's possible on an extraordinary site."

Maas says CCDC's job is to decide if Manchester's proposed plan meets the 1992 development agreement with the city, both quantitatively and in terms of quality.

The architects will tour the site, offer suggestions to the board and be available for a public forum. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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