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San Diego City Council Approves New Skyscraper

An undated architect rendering shows

Credit: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Above: An undated architect rendering shows "Pacific & Broadway Parcel 1," three towers from the left.

UPDATE: The San Diego City Council Monday gave unanimous approval to the downtown condominium project.

UPDATE: 7:30 a.m., Feb. 23, 2016

The San Diego City Council Monday gave unanimous approval to the downtown condominium project.

The council members approved amendments to a development agreement, the Downtown Community Plan and Centre City Planned District Ordinance. Together, the actions will allow construction to begin 15-18 months earlier than under the previous agreement, according to Civic San Diego staff.

Original story:

"Pacific & Broadway Parcel 1" would be among the tallest buildings in San Diego, sitting between Santa Fe Depot and the waterfront.

The San Diego City Council on Monday is set to vote on a large downtown condominium project that could shape the San Diego skyline.

The project, on the northeast corner of Broadway and Pacific Highway, would house 296 condos, more than 15,000 square feet of commercial space and 450 parking spaces. Its 45 stories would reach 490 feet, making it among the tallest buildings in San Diego.

Council members are scheduled to vote on rezoning the site in the city's Downtown Community Plan, and on granting the necessary development permits.

The project is planned by Bosa Developments and was designed by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. It already has the approval of Civic San Diego, the city's nonprofit agency that oversees downtown development. That group's staff report describes the tower's main design as "three layers of curved glass tower elements."

It also praises plans for a plaza on Broadway that would "provide an attractive and activated public gathering space."

If the project is approved, Bosa hopes to break ground in 2017. It is already constructing a sister tower across the street branded "Pacific Gate."

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