Coastal Commission To Revisit Stalled San Diego Project
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Aired 11/1/11 on KPBS News.
The California Coastal Commission wants to revisit a San Diego bay front project it first approved 20 years ago.
SAN DIEGO The California Coastal Commission wants to revisit a San Diego bay front project it first approved 20 years ago.
The Commission approved the Navy Broadway project in 1991; it's supposed to include a hotel, office space and a new San Diego headquarters for the Navy. The development would be located across from the USS Midway in downtown.
Coastal Commission staff say a lot has changed since the project was given approval two decades ago, but San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio says it should be allowed to proceed as planned.
"Literally thousands of jobs each year and billions in long term economic impacts to our region are on the line right now," DeMaio said.
He called the complex the most important military project proposed for San Diego in decades.
However, the Coastal Commission's Mark Delaplaine says this action wouldn't stop the project, just modify it.
"We're not saying no Broadway complex, because that just flies in the face of the Commission's original jurisdiction," he said. "We're saying due to the planning that's occurred in the last 20 years, there's a need for a greater use for the waterfront and more open space and more access opportunities along the water."
For example, Delaplaine says, the plan currently calls for open space in the middle of the complex, versus along the waterfront. That's something staff would like to see changed.
The Coastal Commission meets Wednesday morning in Oceanside.