METRO SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS/ CHARTER COMMITTEE
CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH AVENUE FINANCIAL CENTER
12 September 2016
Draft Meeting Summary
Board Members Present:
Bud Alessio, Fifth Avenue Financial Center; Jake Sutton, Bankers Hill Business Group; Michael Seidel, Century Plaza Tower; Bruce Leidenberger, La Jolla Pacific Properties; Jennifer Pesqueira, Five Points/Middletown Business Association; Beth Jaworski, University Heights Community Association; Richard Ledford, Palm Street Properties/St. Paul’s Manor; Glenn Younger, Graf Lock, VP Hillcrest BID; Bob Daniel, Western Slope Community Association; Bob Grinchuk, Past President, Hillcrest BID
Christine Spalding, St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral; Sara Steinhoffer, Sharp Health Care; Tom L. Fox, Bellefontaine HOA
Board/Charter Committee/ Members Present
Gary Bonner, Front Street; Alan Spector, Park Laurel, Balboa Park Conservancy; Don Liddell, Third Avenue; Dale Hess, 2626 Sixth Avenue; Leo Wilson, Sixth Avenue & Maple; Chris Cole, Western Slope Community Association; Dan Piper, Sixth Avenue; Jay Newington, Sixth Avenue; Jerry Kleinsmith, Park Laurel;Lisa Mortenson, Western Slope Community Association; J.D. Abercrombie, University Height Community Association; Martin Levine, Park Laurel; Jim Chapman, 2626 Sixth Avenue; Paul Meyers, Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park Conservancy; Soheil Nakshab, Fourth Avenue, Architect; John Percy, Albatross Street; Mark Caleb, Park Laurel; Mat Wahlstrom, Hillcrest Roberts Electrical
Chris Ward, City Councilmember Elect; Peter Comiskey, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership; Maxime Ward, SDAR, Open House SD;Susan Friested, SDAR, Open House SD; Bruce Dammann, Sixth Avenue; Nancy Moor; Ann Garwood; Four other attendees)
President Seidel called the meeting to order. In the interest of time, Administrator’s did not give a report.
a.) Chris Ward, City Councilmember elect for the Third City Council District, spoke and answered questions regarding his role as city councilmember; his term of office will begin in December 2016.
b.) Peter Comiskey, the Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, spoke about the activities of the many members of the cultural partnership, and also about issue facing Balboa Park. Comiskey passed out information regarding the Maker Faire taking place in Balboa Park the first two days of October. He also spoke on behalf of Balboa Park United, which is a coalition of all 29 park cultural institutions in the Balboa Park, as well as the Balboa Park Conservancy, and other Balboa Park institutions. Wilson state that the Metro San Diego CDC was working Balboa Park United, and that he was part of the coalition’s steering committee.
c.) Jake Sutton, the director of the Bankers Hill Business Group, spoke on behalf of his organization. Sutton indicated the Bankers Hill Business group, as a City-recognized micro-district, had been awarded a grant of $10,000 by the City of San Diego; the largest grant of any business district in the city.
The Bankers Hill Business Group will sponsor to events; the first will be a taste event on October 22, 2016. The second event will be done in collaboration with the San Diego Architectural Foundation, Open House San Diego program, and will be part of an architectural tour of Downtown and Bankers Hill. The Metro San Diego CDC will also co-sponsor. The event will take place on March 25 and 26, 2017. Maxime Ward and Susan Friested, from the San Diego Architectural Foundation, Open House program spoke about the event, and past out a handout about the event.
d.) Soheil Nakshab, Architect, spoke about his plans for the Truax property at Laurel & Union Street; his bid to purchase the property was approved by the City Council on August 2, 2016. Hakshab intends to preserve the historic Truax House, while developing a remaining portion of the property as residential housing units, including an affordable component. He also is favorable to obtaining an easement that will allow a trail into the adjacent Maple Canyon Open Space Preserve, should neighboring property owners be agreeable to allowing it over their private land.
Leo Wilson, Administrator, Metro San Diego CDC