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Comments made by PreservationArchitect

Art Deco Treasure Demolished

The City of San Diego is the Lead Agency, who is responsible for administration and processing of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues. SOHO was merely complying with the rules and process as an interested party and going through the proper channels. It appears that the breakdown in the CEQA process occurred somewhere within the City. Sounds like CVGracie has an axe to grind?

September 9, 2010 at 10:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Group Works to Preserve Historic S.D. Homes

Mr. Goldman implies that preservation limits density, when the opposite is the case. When preserving an historically designated structure, the City of San Diego has several incentives that can increase the development rights. These incentives are not available to a "scrape" developer. Additionally, the Mills Act provides a very nice property tax rebate. In my experience, the City has been very accommodating and interested in working with property owners to find a workable solution for the new and historic buildings. The problem is that typically the architect and/or developer wants to take the quick and easy way (scrape the site), and not take the time to create a design that is truly a "win - win" solution.

October 27, 2009 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )