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Mercado Project In Barrio Logan Moves Forward

City Council President Ben Hueso stands at the site of the Mercado Project an...

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Above: City Council President Ben Hueso stands at the site of the Mercado Project and explains to reporters and residents how the development plan will help transform Barrio Logan, June 29, 2010.

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A development project in Barrio Logan that's been in the works for years is one step closer to reality. The San Diego City Council has approved plans to transform two city blocks of vacant land into the Mercado Project.

— A development project in Barrio Logan that's been in the works for years is one step closer to reality. The San Diego City Council has approved plans to transform two city blocks of vacant land into the Mercado Project.

The idea of revitalizing the vacant lot in Barrio Logan has been under discussion for more than 20 years.

After a number of failed attempts, it looks like the Mercado Project will finally break ground.

The development will feature 92 affordable housing units and the neighborhood's first supermarket.

City Council President Ben Hueso says this project is very important to the community. "We're very confident that this is gonna really create this enormous movement to want to revitalize the neighborhood. It's gonna be our catalyst project," he said.

The project is slated to cost about $58 million. Nearly a quarter of that is public money, including a loan from the San Diego Housing Commission. Construction could begin early next year.

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