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Council To Vote On Balboa Park Makeover Plan


Aired 7/19/11

The full San Diego City Council will consider a controversial plan to transform Plaza De Panama today. A multi-million dollar makeover to remove cars from the plaza is at stake.

— The project would route traffic coming into the park from the Cabrillo Bridge around the Museum of Man. The new access road would keeps cars out of the Plaza de Panama. It also includes the construction of a new parking garage behind the Speckles Organ Pavilion.

Architectural rendering of Plaza de Panama by-pass.
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Above: Architectural rendering of Plaza de Panama by-pass.

The plan has received the support of Mayor Jerry Sanders and Qualcomm Founder Irwin Jacobs, who vowed to raise $25 million for the project.

But historic preservationists have blasted the plan and it has received lukewarm support at City Hall.

The council Rules Committee voted to move it to the full council without a recommendation. Jacobs has stepped back from the project while the city sorts out whether it wants to go forward. The council will weigh in this afternoon.

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Avatar for user 'Derek'

Derek | July 19, 2011 at 10:41 a.m. ― 5 years, 8 months ago

The parking garage is not needed. Modern parking management (such as SFPark) makes parking spaces available in every parking aisle. This is what we need in Balboa Park, not a huge concrete eyesore.

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markkap | July 19, 2011 at 12:08 p.m. ― 5 years, 8 months ago

Also, there is no need to build the expensive by-pass of Plaza de Panama. Just close most of the Plaza to cars, and leave open two thin traffic lanes in front of the Mingei Museum to connect the Cabrillo Bridge to the park drive. The bulk of the plaza would then be available for other pedestrian uses.

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Daniel Beeman | July 19, 2011 at 7:06 p.m. ― 5 years, 8 months ago

We need more alternative proposals information. One City Staffer suggested that you could email her, call her with new alternatives, but never gave her name, phone # or email address. So who ya gonna call? Trial period with one way & only one lane on the Cabrillo Bridge, west to east & right turn(south) only at Plaza de Panama & U-turn after the horse rider statue [when coming north] to go back south. Please cars out the the park now, trial run. Access for handicapped and late late night for museum/retail/restaurant services/merchandise. There are already two other off Freeway accesses to the west side of the Park.

Sincerely yours, Daniel Beeman aka FreedomPlease
P.S. I also believe a Parking Structure, UNPAID, could be put at Inspiration Point, with 5-6 levels, freeway entrance & exit, with part underground, part above for Park Blvd & other Balboa Pk street access.

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