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Old November 1st, 2016, 05:57 AM   #261
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Expansion of Tule Wind Project OK'd by state

Anticipated by some but opposed by others, the Tule Wind Project has received the go-ahead from the State Lands Commission to build a second phase of a venture that will dot the landscape in San Diego’s East County with wind turbines.

In a unanimous decision, members of the commission on Oct. 13 approved a 40-year lease on 640 acres for what is being called “Tule II.”

“We’re very excited this is going to happen,” said Harley McDonald, senior business developer for Avangrid Renewables, the company in charge of the program. “It will help California meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard goal and the City of San Diego’s 100 percent renewable goal.”

The first phase of the Tule Wind Project is about to break ground in the wind-swept McCain Valley. Some 52 General Electric turbines with towers 262 high and 351 feet in diameter are expected to start spinning by September 2017.
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Old November 9th, 2016, 03:09 PM   #262
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Stadium measures lose badly

Two ballot measures that could have brought a combined convention center annex and Chargers stadium to downtown San Diego were soundly defeated Tuesday.

The results could prompt the Chargers to exercise an option they have to relocate to Los Angeles, but the team may decide to search for another local stadium solution instead.

Measure C, which included a hotel-tax increase sponsored by the Chargers, was getting support from 41 percent of voters, far short of the 66.7 percent needed for approval.

Measure D, which also had a hotel-tax increase and was placed on the ballot by environmentalists and other community leaders, was also getting support from 40 percent, similarly short of a two-thirds majority.
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Old November 12th, 2016, 04:10 AM   #263
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Convention expansion still faces big hurdles

Buoyed by the defeat Tuesday of two stadium-convention center measures, San Diego tourism leaders say they aren’t giving up hope for a waterfront center expansion, despite clear hurdles in their way.

The hotel industry, which contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat Measures C and D, feared the ballot proposals would have quashed its long-running ambition to expand the center on the waterfront, not blocks away as part of a football stadium.

Now that the election is over, the tourism industry is ready to renew its quest for an expanded center — but not before a crucial court hearing next month on whether such a project on San Diego’s bayfront violates the state Coastal Act.

After the California Coastal Commission three years ago gave the go-ahead for the city’s then $520 million project despite objections from its own staff, attorney Cory Briggs filed a lawsuit challenging the approval. Named in the suit are the commission and the San Diego Unified Port District, which oversees development on the tidelands. A trial is set for Dec. 15.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 05:16 AM   #264
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Balboa Park project approved for 2019 completion

The City Council voted renewed support Monday to removing cars and parking out of the center of Balboa Park and set in motion a $79 million plan first championed by Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs six years ago.

Originally priced at $45 million, the so-called Plaza de Panama plan is now expected to open by the end of 2019. It will include a 797-space paid-parking garage south of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, a 405-foot “Centennial Bridge” bypass off the Cabrillo Bridge at the park’s west entrance and redesigned plazas and roadways where cars currently travel.

“I look forward to the day when we will be able to view families enjoying picnics on expansive lawns where now there is only a large surface parking lot,” Jacobs told the council, referring to a 2.2-acre rooftop park for the new project. "I expect it will greatly add to the experience and enjoyment to adjacent pavilion.”
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Old November 19th, 2016, 06:25 PM   #265
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San Diego’s burgeoning new tech hub poised to reshape downtown

According to Philip Auchettl of RadLab, the local architecture firm that designed the space, their placemaking proposal tapped into the evolving identity of the area, a growing urban hub in the shadows of some of the city’s busiest areas, such as the gentrified Gaslamp Quarter.

This busy, bustling, community center, which opened last year, is also on its way out. Auchettl and his collaborators have been a beta test, of sorts, for a different type of placemaking. A massive set of planned developments in this section of San Diego seeks to transform the surrounding blocks, including the Quartyard, into a new tech hub that proponents estimate will bring 13,000 design and tech jobs to the neighborhood over the next 12 years. Developers and planners want to take the next step in activation, turning the hip neighborhood into a live-work district for techies and designers. They may need a few more tables and benches for happy hour.

I.D.E.A. District, a larger vision for the neighborhood, as well as Makers Quarter, a in-the-works urban district that will add 2.5 million square feet of office, commercial, and residential developments across six city blocks, anchor the transformation in the upper East Village. One of the first new buildings, the six-story IDEA1, set to open in August of 2017, will contain 295 apartments, commercial space, and 25 live-work lofts on the ground floor ringing an outdoor collaborative workspace known as the Hub, inspired in part by the Quartyard.
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Old November 21st, 2016, 02:41 AM   #266
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Commissioner did work for seaport developer before vote on $1.2 billion project

Port Commissioner Bob Nelson previously worked for one of the main developers of a $1.2 billion renovation at Seaport Village.

U-T Watchdog checked state-mandated financial disclosure forms after learning Nelson’s public-relations firm received tens of thousands of dollars in this month’s election from a political-action committee funded by port tenants.

It turns out, Nelson has also performed unstated work for Gafcon Inc., a development firm run by Seaport San Diego partner Yehudi Gaffen. Gaffen is a principal in the group selected by the port on Nov. 8 to replace the 1980s-era Seaport Village with shops, restaurants, three hotels, an aquarium and a 480-foot observation spire.
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Old November 24th, 2016, 07:18 PM   #267
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Hundreds of new downtown rentals approved

Get used to a skyline filled with construction cranes. The downtown housing boom looks like it’ll continue for the next six years.

Civic San Diego, the city’s downtown development review agency, reviewed seven projects with 1,650 apartments Wednesday — possibly a one-meeting record in more than 40 years of redevelopment.

The projects this week ranged from a renovation to a 1910 historic site that will accommodate 80 affordable units to 620 units in a 41-story tower complex on Broadway.
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Old November 27th, 2016, 05:45 AM   #268
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Proposals unveiled for transforming part of Mission Bay Park

The proposals, which are getting mixed reviews, are part of a three-year process to determine the future of the 46-acre Mission Bay Golf Course and the recently closed 76-acre De Anza Cove Mobile Home Park.

San Diego also plans to redevelop the 45-acre Campland on the Bay RV Resort when its lease expires in 2018, but that area was excluded from the proposals because city officials long ago decided the entire site would become restored marshland.

Each of the proposals for the newly available 120 acres envisions playing fields, campgrounds, large open spaces for festivals, water sports areas, children’s playgrounds and a restaurant cluster.
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Old December 1st, 2016, 06:55 AM   #269
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Work begins on $700M in North Coast Corridor projects

Construction kicked off Tuesday on the $700 million first phase of a 40-year project along coastal North San Diego County that will target multiple modes of transportation — an approach that state and federal officials say should be a model for all of California.

The work is part of the North Coast Corridor Program, a $6 billion multi-agency effort that will include wider freeway bridges, new carpool lanes, double-tracked railroad bridges, 10 miles of new bike paths, multiple pedestrian walkways and crossings, and the complete restoration of the San Elijo Lagoon.

Nearly $500 million of the first phase money is budgeted for highway improvements including the replacement bridges, additional carpool lanes, sound barriers in some residential areas, and more. Rail projects are budgeted for about $100 million, and bike, pedestrian and community enhancement programs for $40 million

Interstate 5 and the coastal railway are widely seen as an “economic lifeline,” facilitating the movement of goods and services within San Diego County and to the rest of the state.
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Old December 16th, 2016, 07:19 AM   #270
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UCSD's downtown branch boosts 'impossible' dream

Measure C was 86’d at the ballot box for a number of reasons, most based in disgust with the way the Chargers have played San Diego in their nearly two-decade quest for a new stadium.

For a small but highly engaged segment of voters, however, C pitted competing visions of how the East Village in general, and Tailgate Park and the Metropolitan Transit System bus yard in particular, should evolve.

Would the city prosper if it spent a billion bucks to subsidize a stadium/convention complex that could be built in a few years? Or would it benefit more by dedicating time (up to 20 years) and a unique palette of public space to an “enterprise zone” that would, in an ideal world, generate urban jobs amid trendy work/living spaces?
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Old December 24th, 2016, 04:49 AM   #271
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Spanos meets with SDSU, county, mayor

Local officials are broadening their base in an attempt to demonstrate their commitment to keeping the Chargers in San Diego.

To that end, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, County Supervisor Ron Roberts and San Diego State President Elliot Hirschman met Thursday with Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos.

Sources familiar with the thinking of all parties involved indicated progress was made and the meeting was encouraging. The sides inched closer on an understanding of what the financial framework might look like, though no concrete agreements were reached and no promises made.
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SeaWorld plans a new roller coaster

Making good on SeaWorld’s promise to add more thrill-oriented rides, the San Diego theme park is announcing plans Tuesday for what it is calling its tallest and fastest roller coaster.

Plans for the Electric Eel coaster — which would open in early summer 2018 — come on the heels of already announced attractions as the park and its parent company struggle to boost attendance and revenue. Business has slumped over the last two years amid harsh criticism of the marine parks’ captive breeding and treatment of killer whales.
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NFL Stadium, Finance Committees to Meet Jan. 11

The NFL’s finance and stadium committees will meet in New York next Wednesday to discuss the potential relocation of the Chargers from San Diego to Los Angeles.

Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos has indicated he will move the team into the $2.6 billion stadium being built by Rams owner Stan Kroenke and scheduled to open for the start of the 2019 season. Spanos has until Jan. 15 to exercise his option to do so, which would give Los Angeles two franchises next season.

It’s believed that Spanos could be seeking more money from the NFL to help him stay in San Diego. It appears that money is needed to bridge the gap between money already available from the league and the team, and public contribution from the city, county and San Diego State.

Spanos met late last month with those entities. However, none of the entities have confirmed a dollar mount they are willing to contribute to a stadium.

“The county participated in one meeting with the Chargers in December where regional options for financing a new stadium were discussed,” Supervisor Ron Roberts said. “At this point, we are waiting to hear back from the NFL and Chargers before talks can continue.
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Old January 18th, 2017, 04:10 AM   #274
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The Rey, San Diego's biggest apartment complex in years, opens.

Coming in at 22 stories with 478 apartments, the development from Santa Ana-based Wood Partners and Boston-based Berkshire Group will balloon to more than 900 units if it decides to build a second tower already approved by the city.

It lives up to its luxury status with a rooftop pool complete with a lounge and kitchen area, two-story gym, expansive views for units facing the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, top of the line appliances, and a lobby that looks more like a fancy hotel than an apartment building.

Residents will pay for the amenities with rents about 24 percent more than the average rent in San Diego County. Its opening comes as national trends appear to show a major slowdown in rent growth for luxury units, but most local experts say San Diego will not suffer the same fate because the need for more apartments is so high.
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Old January 25th, 2017, 04:58 AM   #275
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$1B soccer redevelopment initiative announced for 'Q' site

A $200 million soccer stadium as part of a $1 billion redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium property in Mission Valley was proposed Monday with a citizens ballot initiative drive as the vehicle to bring it about.

The facility containing 20,000 to 30,000 seats and projected to open in 2020 could also be used by San Diego State University’s Aztecs football team and other soccer teams.

The project, coming 10 days after the Chargers relocated to Los Angeles, came from FS Investors, a La Jolla and San Mateo investment group with a variety of present and past ventures, including some sports and commercial developments.
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Convention center expansion clears legal hurdle

Efforts to expand the city’s convention center got a major boost Wednesday when a judge rejected a legal challenge that sought to block such a development on the waterfront.

Although there currently is no funded project, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other civic leaders had been awaiting the outcome of a lawsuit by attorney Cory Briggs before moving forward on any future planning efforts.

At issue in the court case was whether the California Coastal Commission violated state law when it approved a $520 million bayfront expansion more than three years ago.

That project has been in limbo since an appellate court more than two years ago ruled in another Briggs case that the financing plan was unconstitutional.
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