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CCDC To Hear Latest Plan For Fat City Development

The latest plan to develop the old Fat City restaurant property between downtown San Diego and Lindbergh Field will go before the Centre City Development Corp. Board of Directors tomorrow.

Jonathan Segal, the architect whose previous plan to build an apartment complex at the site on Hawthorn Street and Pacific Highway was shot down, now envisions putting two hotels on the nearly 63,000-square-foot lot. The property is familiar to San Diegans as the pink art deco building they see when they drive to the airport.

Between them, the hotels would be six stories tall and have a combined 364 rooms.


The directors will consider whether to approve the design of the hotels, and recommend whether Segal should be granted a CCDC development permit and a coastal development permit -- which is different from a similar document obtained from the California Coastal Commission.

CCDC Chairman Kim John Kilkenny would decide whether to actually award the permits to Segal.

In February, Kilkenny denied him the permits for the 232-unit apartment plan because of concerns that it would increase the regulatory burden faced by neighboring Solar Turbines, a large area employer for nearly 80 years, and jeopardized its future at the waterfront.

Solar Turbines and elected officials opposed the apartment proposal.

According to the CCDC -- which handles downtown development projects for the city of San Diego -- no opposition has formed against the hotel project, which has already cleared several committees.