A Setback For The Fat City Lofts Development
Friday, January 6, 2012
Aired 1/6/12 on KPBS News.
A controversial condo development proposed for the northern edge of Little Italy suffered a major setback today .
SAN DIEGO Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) staff is recommending against allowing a 237 condo project in Little Italy.
The Fat City Lofts would be built at the intersection of Hawthorne and Pacific Highway in Little Italy, across the street from the manufacturer Solar Turbines.
The company has opposed the project fiercely, saying having so many people living nearby could negatively impact its business. Numerous politicians support Solar’s position. The company held a rally Friday against the development.
Project developers say zoning allows for residential development at the site, but the CCDC staff report found condos would be inconsistent with the community plan and the city’s general plan.
Ultimately, CCDC Board Chair Kim Kilkenny has sole authority to decide whether the project can proceed. His decision, which should come at the end of January, can be appealed to the city's Planning Commission, but not to the San Diego City Council.
The Fat City Lofts developers have said they’ll take the issue to court if CCDC kills the project.
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