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Voters To Decide Whether To Allow High-Rise Developments In Midway District

Cars drive along a street in the Midway District with the Valley View Casino ...

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Above: Cars drive along a street in the Midway District with the Valley View Casino Center in the background, Aug. 29, 2018.

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The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to place a proposal on the November ballot that if approved would repeal the 30-foot height limit for buildings in the Midway District. ...

Aired: July 22, 2020 | Transcript

Is it an opportunity to revitalize a blighted neighborhood or a slippery slope that will lead to high rises along San Diego’s coast? It’s a question that San Diego voters will decide in November.

The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to place a proposal on the November ballot that if passed would repeal the 30-foot height limit on buildings in the Midway District. Proposed redevelopment around the Sports Arena area would include dense high-rise housing units that wouldn’t be possible with the 30-foot limit that is currently in place.

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A simple majority of city voters is required for the ballot measure to pass.

Supporters say the height limit would only be changed in a small area in the Midway District, while opponents say it will chip away at height limits up and down the city’s coast.

San Diego Union-Tribune reporter David Garrick has reported on the issue and joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the details of the proposed change.

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