One of the most distinctive areas of Bankers Hill is along Second Avenue between Palm Street and Upas Street. The buildings along these five blocks (built 1871-1945) are some of the most attractive in the City of San Diego. An Uptown historic study in 2006 recommended these five blocks be designated as a historic district (48 total structures; 44 potential historic). The process of determining the feasibility of forming the historic district is now beginning, spearheaded by attorney Don Liddell, who resides on Second Avenue. A draft petition has been prepared, and community outreach will soon begin. Liddell made a presentation at the Metro San Diego CDC on September 24th; which agreed to support him in this effort. While welcoming new development, the Bankers Hill community also seeks to preserve its historic character.
“The survey found that 79 percent of adult male arrestees and 73 percent of adult female arrestees tested positive for at least one illegal drug, including methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates, PCP and marijuana, which had not yet been legalized in the state. The percentage of men who tested positive is the highest recorded by the CJRD since it began recording data in 2000 and a 4 percent increase from 2016.
The report showed that 55 percent of men and 58 percent of women involved in the survey had tested positive for meth, and of the 90 percent surveyed who tested positive for multiple drugs, meth was one of them. According to the report, 98 percent of the arrestees said they obtained their methamphetamine in San Diego County.”
Metro San Diego
Community Development Corporation
Board of Directors: 2018-2019
Bud Alessio (General Partner /FAFC, Inc.);
Bob Daniel (Hilco Real Estate; Chair/Western Slope Community Association);
Beth Jaworski, (Past UCSD Researcher, University Height);
Alexandra Jamason, (Director of International Relations, Manchester Fifth Avenue Financial Center; Manchester Financial Group);
Susan Jester (Public Relations & Media Director/ St. Paul’s Episcopal/Anglican Cathedral; Co-Chair on the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Council; California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission);
Richard S. Ledford, Treasurer (President/ Ledford Enterprises; Palm Street Properties; St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services);
Bruce E. Leidenberger, Secretary (President/ La Jolla Pacific Group);
Jennifer Pesqueira, Vice President, Five Points/Middletown (Owner/ El Indio Mexican Restaurant; Co-chair/Five Points/Middletown Business Association);
Michael Seidel, President (Senior Partner/ E&D Ventures LTD; Co-chair, Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association);
Easton Watumull (Asset Manager/ Greenwald Company; Director/ Uptown Hillcrest Gateway Council);
Dr. Alan Spector (President/ Park Laurel HOA; Board of Directors/ Balboa Park Conservancy);
Jake Sutton (Financial Adviser/ Edward Jones; President/ Bankers Hill Business Group);
Sara Steinhoffer, Vice President, Bankers Hill/Park West (VP Government Relations/Sharp Health Care);
Glen Younger (CEO Grah Lock /Past President/ Hillcrest Business Association);
Five Points business leaders and local residents, supported by the Uptown Community Parking District, succeeded in their effort to have a stop sign installed on India Street, at the intersection with Chalmers Street. The new stop sign prevents drivers from speeding north on India Street through the Five Points business district, creating a threat to public safety.
Uptown Planners voted to approve placement of the stop sign on April 3, 2018; under a special city policy (City Council Policy 200-08) if a community planning group passes a motion supporting the placement of a stop sign, the local city councilmember then has the power to request the stop sign be installed. City Councilmember Chris Ward did so by a letter dated June 8, 2018. Special thanks go to Jennifer Pesqueira, of El Indio Restaurant, who as a member of Uptown Planners guided the approval of stop sign through the Uptown community planning group process. Pesqueira is also Vice-President of the Metro San Diego CDC.
On August 28, 2018, the City of San Diego began a landscape rehabilitation project on the West Mesa of Balboa Park, north of Laurel Street. The project focused on restoring the grass cover, which in some places has eroded so badly that it has become dirt. Here are pictures of the work that has so far taken place. The eroded areas have been fenced-off and fertilized, and are now being watered intermittently each day.
Here are past pictures of what the West Mesa of Balboa Park looked like with a healthy grass cover. Hopefully, the landscape rehabilitation project will restore the grass to its former attractive condition.
About 130 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly opened Hillcrest Fire Station #5. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Assemblyman Todd Gloria, and City Councilmember Chris Ward were among the speakers. The Uptown community has been waiting for the opening of this new fire station for almost two decades.
Uptown Community Planning Group
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
August 7, 2018
Joyce Beers Community Center, Uptown Shopping District
(Located on Vermont Street between the Aladdin Restaurant and Panera Bread)
All times listed are estimates only: an item may be heard earlier than the estimated time:
- Action Items: Planning: (6:45 p.m.)
- 2761, 2729 & 2665 FIFTH AVENUE (“6th & OLIVE STREET NDP & VESTING TM”) Process Four– Bankers Hill/Park West – The project proposes to demolish the existing 16-unit Park Chateau Apartments, cathedral administrative offices, and a 20-space surface parking lot, and construct and approximately a 204-unit, 262,500-square foot, 20-story, mixed use building above a five-level underground parking structure consisting of 16,910 square feet of Cathedral office space within four commercial condominiums and 204 residential condominiums. The proposed residential density includes the transfer of the remaining density potential on the built Nutmeg Site to the Olive Street Site, equivalent to five dwelling units. The project also includes landscaping and other site improvements. The project is an infill mixed-use development within the Transit Priority Area (TPA) consisting of 18 affordable dwelling units (very low-income units), and 186 market-rate units, with three development incentives in accordance with the City’s Affordable Housing Density Bonus regulations and in conformance with the criteria of the Affordable/In-fill Housing and Sustainable Buildings Expedite Program. The project site is located at 2761, 2729 and 2665 5th Avenue in the CC-3-9 and RM-4-10 Zone(s), the Community Plan Implementation Overlay Zone (CPIOZ Type A), Residential Tandem Parking Overlay Zone, Transit Area Overlay Zone, the TPA, Airport Influence Area for SDIA (Review Area 2), FAA Part 77 Notification Area of SDIA and North Island NAS, and is partially within the Airport Approach Overlay Zone. (DRS Motion by Wilson, seconded by Seisun: To recommend that Uptown Planners not support the proposed project because of (1.) the project’s excessive height; and, (2.) the lack of sufficient affordable housing. The project should be revised to reduce its height back to the 158 feet of the originally approved project in 2011, and more affordable housing should be included. Motion approved by a 5-1-1 vote. Wilson, Seisun, Daniel, Ellig, Mullaney voted in favor; Brennan voted against; DRS chair Nakhshab abstained from the vote, but stated he supported the project.)
- 2466 FIRST AVENUE TENTATIVE MAP – Process Three – Bankers Hill/Park West – Tentative Map for the consolidation and subdivision of six existing lots into one lot for twenty-one (21) residential condominiums and one commercial condominium located at 2466 First Avenue. The 0.17 acre site is located in the RM-3-7 and CC-3-4 base zones.