Meeting Notices

Metro San Diego CDC September 2018 Meeting Summary:

 

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The Metro San Diego CDC had its first meeting for the 2018/2019 year on Monday, September 24th

I. The first speaker was Brittany Bailey, representing City Councilmember Chris Ward, who spoke about several topics, including:

  1. The proposal to establish regulations for dockless scooters, that would address scooters riding on sidewalks; where scooters should park; and the need for riders to wear helmets;
  2. An update on how the City was addressing homelessness; there was recently a forum about the subject in Mission Hills that attracted over 100 people;

II. Peter Comiskey, Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, provided an update regarding several future construction projects in Balboa Park. The Mingei Museum will be closed for about a year while it is rebuilt. Construction work will also take place in the California Plaza adjacent to the Museum of Man.  Both these projects will be completed prior to the start of the Plaza de Panama project, construction for which is expected to commence sometime in the first part of 2019.

Comiskey then made a presentation about the proposed Balboa Park banner district. There will be seven vertical banners placed on lampposts along Sixth Avenue in the West Mesa of Balboa Park.  The purpose of banners is to enhance the identity of Balboa Park; they may also be used to notice events.  If the initial seven banners along Sixth Avenue are successful, more may be placed.  The number will always be reasonable to avoid saturation. Metro San Diego CDC members present reacted very favorably to the proposed banner district. It was pointed out that visitors often inquire where Balboa Park is even when they are standing in it. Banner poles along Sixth Avenue could also be used to publicize community events in Bankers Hill.  The Metro San Diego CDC voted unanimously to support the proposed Balboa Park banner district. (Maps with the location of the initial banners are attached below.)

III. Susan Jester, Public Relations & Media Director for St. Paul’s Episcopal/Anglican Cathedral, indicated that the Cathedral was seeking community input about the design of the community open space on the ground floor of the Cathedral, which will be created as part of the new 6th & Olive Street project. Jester requested the Metro San Diego CDC’s involvement in the outreach effort. The Metro San Diego CDC unanimously agreed to partner with the Cathedral and co-sponsor community forums and events, as well as help with the public outreach.

IV. Don Liddell, the chair of the Balboa Park West Mesa Subcommittee, is also a Second Avenue resident. A proposed Second Avenue Historic District, between Upas Street and Palm Street, was identified during the Uptown Community Plan update process. Liddell will be moving forward with determining the feasibility of establishing the district, and has prepared a draft petition for property owners to sign.  The Metro San Diego CDC was supportive of this effort, and agreed to help with outreach.

V. Bob Daniel, chair of the Western Slope Community Association (“WSCA”), was unable to attend the meeting, but submitted a written report about the status of the railroad “Quiet Zone” being proposed along the western boundary of Uptown. A Quiet Zone study should be completed in Nov/Dec 2018; at which time SANDAG will determine the project’s cost and possible sources of funding. Dick Troncone, a member of the WSCA, has talked with the engineer working on the project, and both have visited the railroad crossings that would be affected. The engineer though the project was doable without significant modifications to the crossings.

 

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Metro San Diego CDC Meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The next meeting of the Metro San Diego CDC is on Monday, September 24th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  The location will be the 10th floor conference room (Room 1050) of the Manchester Financial Center, at 2550 Fifth Avenue.
The city is now looking at adopting regulations for dockless scooters. Brittany Bailey, from Councilmember Chris Ward’s office, will be present at Monday’s meeting and can provide an update on the issue.
Our special guests will be:
(1.) Peter Comiskey, the Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, who will discuss among other topics the creation of a banner district in Balboa Park, which would include the West Mesa;
(2.) Jim Kidrick, the CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum,  and chair of Balboa Park United which spearheaded the Plaza de Panama project;
At a recent Metro San Diego CDC meeting, the relationship between substance abuse and criminal activity was briefly discussed.  Below are recent arrest statistics in the City of San Diego:

“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.”

(https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2018/08/24/new-study-finds-drug-use-among-male-arrestees-in-san-diego-highest-since-2000/)

Leo Wilson
Administrator
Metro San Diego CDC
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Metro San Diego CDC Board of Directors/Charter Committee Meeting: March 26, 2018

The Metro San Diego Board of Directors/Charter Committee met on Monday, March 26, 2018.

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1.) There was a presentation by representatives of two “dockless” bicycle sharing programs: Limebike and Ofo Bike.  Both indicated they had very high usage; Limebike in their first four weeks had about 21,000 riders, who took 55,000 trips.  A dockless bike can be rented by using an app; at a cost only a $1.00 for a half/hour or hour.  Each program was offering initial free rides.  Both company representatives indicated their programs were attempting to educate their users so they parked their bicycles appropriately — avoiding walkways, driveways and doorways.  The presentation were favorably received; however, concerns were raised about bicycles being left parked on sidewalks and other inappropriate locations.

2.) After a presentation by Katie Holmes, the Race Coordinator for the Rock “n” Roll Marathon & Half Marathon; the Board/Charter Committee unanimously voted to write of letter of support for the 2018 event.  Several attendees pointed out that it was one of the better managed special events in Balboa Park & Uptown.

3.) Don Liddell, the chair of the Balboa Park Committee’s West Mesa Subcommittee, provided an update on measures being taken to control excess special event noise.  Liddell reported that event coordinators were now voluntarily working with park staff to lessen noise impacts on adjacent neighborhoods.  At the recent St. Patrick’s Day festival, the events organizers placed the loudspeakers facing east, and moved them further into the park. Local neighbors said these actions were very effective in reducing noise levels.

4.) Jennifer Pesqueira, of El indio Restaurant, informed the Board/Charter Committee that Five Points businesses were supporting placement of a stop sign on India Street, at the intersection with Chalmers Street, to slow down traffic as it entered the Five Points business district.  City traffic engineering was supportive of the stop sign; since Chalmers Street was north of where airport traffic took an off-ramp off India Street onto the I-5 freeway.

Metro San Diego CDC Meeting on Monday, March 26th, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Dear Board/Charter Committee Members:
The next meeting of the Metro San Diego CDC will be next Monday, March 26th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  The location will be in the St. Paul’s Senior Services conference room, at 328 Maple Street.  Access is through the front door off Maple Street; there is a buzzer at the door.
Among other items on the agenda, representatives from two of the dockless bike companies, Limebike and ofo bike, will be present to introduce themselves and discuss their respective programs.  This will be an informational presentation, for the purpose of learning more about the programs and facilitating a working relationship with them.  It is not a debate about the merits of the dockless bike programs.  Representatives of the dockless bike companies will also be attending the April 3rd meeting of Uptown Planners, and that is the venue for a more rigorous discussion of any issues involving the programs.
Also will have a representative from the Rock & Roll Marathon attending on Monday to discuss this year’s event.
Finally, don’t forget.  The Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival is this Friday, March 23rd (see below).
Leo Wilson,
Administrator
Metro San Diego CDC
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Uptown Planners Special Meeting About Olive Street Park and 6th and Olive Street Project on Thursday, February 22, 2018

Uptown Planners will have a special meeting on Thursday, February 22, 2018, in the St.Paul’s Cathedral “Great Hall” at 2700 Fifth Avenue.  The meeting will be about two projects in Bankers Hill: the Olive Street Park and the “6th & Olive” project.  Below is the agenda for the meeting:

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UPTOWN PLANNERS

Uptown Community Planning Group

  AGENDA

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

          February 22, 2018 (THURSDAY) – 6:00-9:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Cathedral “Great Hall” 2728 Fifth Avenue.

Call to Order and Introductions

 Adoption of Agenda and Rules of Order

 Public Communication – Pursuant to California Government Code Section 54954.3, as applicable to special meetings, members of the public will be provided the opportunity to make public comment regarding the special order of business on the agenda. There will be no non-agenda public comment.

Special Order of Business:

(1.) OLIVE STREET PARK PROJECT – Bankers Hill/Park West – Action Item — Presentation by City of San Diego Public Works Department — Yovanna Lewis, Project Manager – Project consist of design and construction of an approximately 0.60 acre neighborhood park, Consultants for the project, KTU+A, and city staff will present the draft plans for the new Olive Street Park located at Third Avenue & Olive Street; which will also include the San Diego AIDS Memorial.  Uptown Planners serves as the advisory committee for the City of San Diego’s Park & Recreation Committee for this project, which in turn makes a recommendation to the Mayor regarding the project.

(2.) 2761, 2769 & 2665 FIFTH AVENUE (“6th & OLIVE STREET”) – Bankers Hill/Park West – Informational Item – The project proposes to demolish the Park Chateau Apartments, cathedral administrative offices, and surface parking, and construct a 204-unit, 262,000-square feet mixed use building, with five levels of underground parking, and the remodel/ expansion of the existing St. Paul’s Cathedral in multiple phases.  The project is an infill mixed-use development with 18 (or 9% percent) affordable housing units and deviations within the Transit Priority Area.  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 A), Residential Tandem Parking Overlay Zone, Transit Area Overlay Zone, Airport Influence Areas of the SDIA Zone (Review Area 2), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 77 Notification Zone for SDIA and North Island NAS, and is partially within the Airport Approach Overlay Zone.

Note:  All times indicated are only estimates:  Anyone who requires an alternative format of this agenda or has special access needs contact (619) 835-9501 at least three days prior to the meeting. For more information on meeting times or issues before Uptown Planners, please contact Leo Wilson, Chair, at (619) 822-5103 or at leo.wikstrom@sbcglobal.net.  Uptown Planners is the City’s recognized advisory community planning group for the Uptown Planning Area.

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Sixth & Olive Project (“St. Paul’s Cathedral”) Informational Presentation at February 6, 2018 Meeting of the Metro San Diego CDC

Over 45 people were in attendance at the February 6th meeting of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation, to hear a presentation about the amended Sixth Avenue & Olive Street project. The original project was approved in 2011.  Representatives from Greystar Rental Construction & Development made a presentation regarding their revised project, and responded to questions from the audience.

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Link to Fox News story about the meeting: http://fox5sandiego.com/2018/02/13/bankers-hill-residents-not-happy-about-20-story-development/

Next Metro San Diego CDC Meeting on February 12, 2018: Presentation of the Amended Olive Street & Sixth Avenue (“6th & Olive”) Project

The next meeting of the San Diego Metro CDC will be on February 12, 2018, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  The location will be the St. Paul’s Manor “Cafe Room” at 328 Maple Street, located in the St. Paul’s Manor administrative office building on the north side of Maple Street.

Tom Delaney of Springline Associates, Inc., and representatives of Greystar Rental Construction & Development, will make a presentation regarding their revised project at Olive Street & Sixth Avenue (2728 Sixth Avenue).  The original project at the site was approved in 2011; the amended project (“6th & Olive”) will increase the height and density of the project.  Below is a description provided by the applicant:

Sixth Avenue & Olive Street Project SDP (“6th & Olive Street”) – Bankers Hill/Park West – Informational Item — Proposal to amend an approved site development permit (SDP) and revise a previously approved project (2011) for a 159-foot building with 65 condominiums. The revised project would be 225 feet in height, with 204 apartment units (including 18 affordable housing units).  The project will conform with the City’s Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program, which according to the Municipal Code “is intended to materially assist the housing industry in providing adequate and affordable housing for all economic segments of the community and to provide a balance of housing opportunities.”

The Program provides for a density bonus of 38.75% based on the development guaranteeing that 12% of the units will be affordable to very-low income families. The Program also provides for “incentives” to offset deviations from development regulations. The revised project intends to use one such incentive to offset certain building setback requirements along Olive Street and another to offset the requirement for an off-site loading zone.

This will be an informational presentation of the amended project, which was recently submitted for review by the City’s Planning Department.

A Channel 10 News story about the proposed project:  https://www.10news.com/news/20-story-development-in-bankers-hill-has-neighbors-worried

 

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