Truax House Tentative Map Approved by Planning Commission

On June 1, 2017 the City of San Diego Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the Truax House tentative map.  The approval was important step in the preservation of the historic Truax House, which was the original AIDS hospice in the City of San Diego, and one of the first in the United States. As part of the tentative map lot split, the Truax House, which has been historically designated, will be preserved on its own lot.  The Truax House property came close to being sold in early 2016 as surplus property by the city, and faced potential demolition.  The Metro San Diego CDC played a major role in its preservation, and solicited noted architect Soheil Nakhshab to purchase the property with the intent to preserve the Truax House in 2016.

Here is a link to an Uptown News story about the approval of the Truax House tentative map.  http://sduptownnews.com/subdivision-truax-house-property-approved/

Nakshab Development & Design has received numerous awards for its projects, including the one pictured below at 540 Otsego Drive. 

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Below are two pictures of the interior of the Truax House

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Bankers Hill Business Group Meeting held on May 23, 2017 at The Barcelona

Below are pictures from the May 23, 2017 meeting of the Bankers Hill Business Group at The Barcelona, one of Bankers Hill’s premier historic buildings.  About 25 in attendance: plans for future events in late 2017 were discussed.  Great food, great views, and a great time.  Nice to meet with many of the young business people who are locating into Bankers Hill.20170523_180126_resized

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Metro San Diego CDC Supports the Approval of the Truax House Tentative Map

METRO

SAN DIEGO CDC

536 Maple Street, No. 103

San Diego, California 92103

(619) 822-5103

 

May 16, 2017

Honorable Chair Stephen Haase and Members of the City of San Diego Planning Commission

220 C Street,

San Diego, California 92101

 

Letter of Support for Approval of the 2513 Union Street/ 540 West Laurel Tentative Map (“Truax House”):

Dear Chair Haase & Members of the Planning Commission:

This letter is written on behalf of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation (“Metro San Diego CDC”), whose membership is comprised of residential and commercial property owners and businesses representing over 19 full blocks of the Bankers Hill/Park West community.  The Metro San Diego CDC took an active role in early 2016 in seeking to preserve the historic Truax House, which at the time was threatened with sale and potential demolition.

A little over a year ago, on May 9, 2106, the board of directors of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation voted unanimously to write a letter of support for the proposal submitted by Soheil Nakhshab for the purchase and development of the Truax House property, located at the northeast corner of Union and Laurel Streets.  The project proposed by Nakhshab Development & Design will include the following features:

1.) The preservation and restoration of the historic Truax House, which played an important role in GLBT history during the early stages of the AIDS epidemic;

2.) Provides Bankers Hill with a potential community center and art gallery, as well as a possible home for a memorial to Dr. Brad Truax;

3.) Allow for potential public access easement into the Maple Canyon Open Space System, subject to the approval and agreement of adjacent hillside property owners;

Nakhshab Development & Design has followed through with its promise to preserve the Truax House, and had a historic report prepared for the site, which it used to have it historically designated.  Likewise, it has also moved forward with seeking the approval of a tentative map for the property at 2013 Union/540 West Laurel, which is before you on June 1, 2017.

The Metro San Diego CDC voted unanimously at its May 8, 2017 to strongly support the approval of the 2513 Union Street/540 West Laurel Tentative Map, and urges you to approve the tentative map at your June 1, 2017 meeting.

Sincerely yours,

Leo Wilson

Leo Wilson, Administrator

Metro San Diego CDC

 

 

Metro San Diego CDC Agenda for May 8, 2017

METRO SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

BOARD/CHARTER COMMITTEE

AGENDA

8 May 2017: Monday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Manor Café Room; 328 Maple Street

 

1.)        INTRODUCTIONS:

a.) Administrator’s Update:

b.) Metro CDC Website: http://www.metrosandiegocdc.org/

2.) BOARD/ CHARTER COMMITTEE:

1.) Special Guest Speakers:

a.) Peter Comiskey, Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership,

b.)Tomas Herrera-Mishler, CEO & Executive Director of the Balboa Park Conservancy;

2.) Request for Letter of Support for the Rock & Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon, which will take place on Jun 3th & 4th; Presentation by Natalia Mendez, Competitor Group;

3.) Request for Letter of Support for the Truax House Tentative Map project, which will be heard by the City of San Diego Planning Commission on June 1, 2017; Presentation by Soheil Nakhshab PE, Nakhshab Development & Design, Inc.

4.) Update by Leo Wilson on the progress in getting the West Mesa Subcommittee Noise Buffer/Decibel Limit recommendation adopted by the City of San Diego. The recommendations, listed below, were made by the West Mesa Subcommittee of the Balboa Park Committee at its January 17, 2017; and subsequently supported by the Metro San Diego CDC and Uptown Planners;

(a.)  That sound systems for any special events on the West Mesa of Balboa Park be placed at least 50 feet back (east) of the east curb of Sixth Avenue. This will create a 50-foot buffer zone between amplified sound equipment and Sixth Avenue, reducing unsafe noise levels in the adjacent community;

(b.) That the sound noise level from amplified sound at special events in Balboa Park be limited to 70 decibels at the east curb of Sixth Avenue;

3.) PUBLIC COMMENT          

4.) ADJOURNMENT

Next Metro San Diego CDC Meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Next Meeting of the Metro San Diego CDC will be on May 8, 2017; Notice of Four Other Important Meetings

Dear Board/Charter Committee:

There will be no meeting of the Metro San Diego CDC in April 2017.

The next Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation meeting will be on May 8, 2017, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., in the St. Paul’s Manor Café Room, at 348 Maple Street, in Bankers Hill/Park West;

Prior to then, there are several meetings taking place regarding issues in Bankers Hill/Park West & Balboa Park:

1.) Uptown Planners Public Facilities Sub-Committee will meet on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room of St. Paul’s Cathedral, located at 2700 Sixth Avenue in Bankers Hill.  The meeting will discuss the design and plans for the future Olive Street Park (“Woods-McKee Park”), and potential placement of the San Diego AIDS Memorial in a portion of the site, located at Third Avenue & Olive Street;

2.) City of San Diego Park & Recreation Board will meet on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.; in the War Memorial Building located at 3325 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park; one of the agenda items will be renaming the “West Maple Canyon Mini-Park” the “Waldo Waterman Park”;

3.) City of San Diego Historic Resources Board will meet on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., in the North Terrace Room at the San Diego City Administration Building, 202 C Street; one of the items on the agenda is a determination of whether all or part of the former Sharp-Rees Stealy Medical Center located at Fourth Avenue & Grape Street should be historically designated;

4.) Balboa Park Committee will meet on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Balboa Park Club Santa Fee Room, 2150 Santa Fe Room, at 2150 Pan American Road West; and item on the agenda is support of the West Mesa Subcommittee’s two recommendation from its January 17, 2017 meeting regarding amplified sound equipment used for special events on the West Mesa of Balboa Park:

1.)  That sound systems for any special events on the West Mesa of Balboa Park be placed at least 50 feet back (east) of the east curb of Sixth Avenue. This will create a 50-foot buffer zone between amplified sound equipment and Sixth Avenue, reducing unsafe noise levels in the adjacent community;

2.) That the sound noise level from amplified sound at special events in Balboa Park be limited to 70 decibels at the east curb of Sixth Avenue;

5.) Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation will meet on Monday, May 8, 2017, from 4:00-5:00 p.m, the St. Paul’s Manor Café Room, at 348 Maple Street, in Bankers Hill/Park West;

Leo Wilson

Administrator

Metro San Diego CDC

 

 

Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival Was a Sell Out — Over 500 Attended

Over 500 people attended the 5th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival on Friday, March 31, 2017.  The event was a sell out; apologies to anyone who came late and could not get in.  Next year suggest buying tickets in advance of the event.  Below are pictures of the beginning of the event, as people began flowing in.  Everyone who attended thought it was a great time — special thanks to Jake Sutton, Executive Director, of the Bankers Hill Business Group, and a host of volunteers for putting on such a successful event.

Below are pictures of the start of the event at 6:00 p.m., when people began flowing in.Abbey, BHBF 123_1