Another downtown skyscraper has been given the go-ahead by the City of San Diego Planning Commission, but there is still a 10-day appeals process before developers can move forward.
A distinctive part of the development is that it will have 434 homes, but only 52 parking spaces, according to a report to the Planning Commission.
“This project is really positioned to leverage all of the recent infrastructure investments the city has made in downtown San Diego in mobility infrastructure to provide people with these options to bike, walk, take public transportation,” Brian Schoenfisch, assistant city manager for the city of San Diego, said.
Schoenfisch says that while parking for cars will be limited, there will be ample space for bike storage, including a bike lounge for easy access to commuting using two wheels instead of four.
The development, which is backed by Cresleigh Homes, is located on the 600 block of Island Avenue near Petco Park in the Gaslamp Quarter. The building there, Ballpark Self Storage, is considered historic and the facade of the building will be protected during construction of the new complex, according to Schoenfisch.
The project is in the appeal period. Schoenfisch says this period will last 10 working days.
“If this project does not go through an appeal, the developers can proceed to the next stage which would be the stage of processing the planning permission, and then they can start construction once they have the planning permission. to build,” Schoenfisch said.
Deana Ellis, vice president of land resources for Cresleigh Homes, told NBC 7 by phone that no one has appealed the project. Schoenfisch says an appeal would send the project to city council, which could take several months. Ellis says that even if he gets final approval, the high-level plans will take about a year to develop, which would likely be followed by 2 to 2.5 years of construction.
This construction is sure to raise dust. Robert Romero, owner of the Tivoli Bar and Grill across the street, says he’s not opposed to the project, but his business will likely be affected.
“Yes, we will be affected, obviously with the construction of a 37-story building, and probably our road will be periodically closed, and lots of dust and traffic,” Romero said.
Other neighbors, like Julie Geary, are all for it.
“I love what they’re doing downtown, it helps us all, and it just cleans up the street, and it makes more money and it gets more people and more money downtown, it’s is great,” Geary said.