Tuesday, January 8, 2008
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will deliver his third state of the city address this Thursday. One of the more ambitious ideas in his speech last year was to begin planning for a new City Hall building. That idea is now taking shape. As KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The Centre City Development Corporation has shortlisted two possible developers who could take on building a new civic center: a Texas based company that managed the construction of Petco Park and an Oregon company that specializes in “Green” environmentally friendly urban design.
CCDC Director Nancy Graham says it’s too soon to be talking designs, the first question is: is the idea financially feasible for the cash strapped city?
Graham : I think the biggest issue is that people give it a chance and I just hope that people will not start out on a negative foot, and will give it a chance to see whether it is viable or not.
In his state of the city speech last year, Sanders pitched the idea as one that would save the city money. He said building a new city hall could cut $13 million a year the city currently spends on leasing space, because the city hall on C Street is too small.
Alison St John, KPBS News.