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Council holds hearing on Navy Broadway project

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego City Council held a public hearing yesterday to get input on the ambitious development plans for the Navy Broadway Project. The waterfront site is considered a lynch pin connecting downtown with San Diego Bay.

The city council did not vote on this crucial project. In 1992, the council entered an agreement with the Navy, and now the redevelopment agency, CCDC, only has the power to decide if the plans conform to that agreement.

Developer Doug Manchester's plans include a new headquarters for the Navy, high rise hotels, offices, restaurants, and five acres of open space.

Charles Kaminstky is one citizen who believes the plan misses an opportunity to create an iconic public space. He says the 1992 agreement is outdated.

Kaministky: "In 20 years people have died, children have grown, some of us have lost our hair, I believe it is on your watch. I believe you should tell the staff to go and renegotiate and come up with something for the citizens of San Diego."

But most councilmembers implied it would be wiser to go with the agreement than risk handing the property back to the federal government. The CCDC votes on the proposal next week. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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