Metro San Diego CDC Meeting on Monday, April 23, 2018, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Manchester Financial Center 10th Floor Conference Room

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The Metro San Diego CDC will meet on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  The location will be the 10th floor conference room (Room 1050) of the Manchester Financial Center, at 2500 Fifth Avenue.

One of the items on the agenda will be a presentation about plans to redevelop the San Diego Education Center, at Park Boulevard and Normal Street.  William Smith, of the University Heights Community Association, will speak regarding the proposed land exchange & redevelopment of the site.  Prior to living in San Diego, Smith lived in the Bay Area, where he served for four years as the president of a home owner’s association with over 1,200 homes; and worked in the technology industry. He was elected to the board of Uptown Planners in March 2018.
Leo Wilson,
Administrator
Metro San Diego CDC
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“School District Moving to Redevelop Ed Center Property
January 27, 2018
You may have heard the saying that one percent of the people make things happen, 10 percent pay attention to what’s happening, and the rest just ask, “What happened?” However, don’t feel bad if you weren’t aware that the San Diego Unified School District recently voted to consider swapping its Education Center at Park Boulevard and Normal Street for a new ready-to-occupy headquarters and auditorium somewhere near a freeway. Even the 10 percent who pay attention were caught by surprise.
The school district took advantage of a California Education Code provision that lets them trade one property for another without first offering it to other schools or agencies (or for other public purposes such as parks or libraries) and without public notice or input. Developers have until March 15 to respond to the district’s Request for Proposal (RFP-SV-18-0709-08-0-2018/NE), issued on December 14, 2017, “to exchange the following District owned real property: Eugene Brucker Education Center, Fremont/Ballard Center, Instructional Media Center, to secure a suitable property to become the new District Central Office.”
 
Whoever the developer is, they may need to request a zoning amendment and changes to the Uptown Community Plan. The Land Use element of that plan requires consideration of the use of the Education Center property for medium-high residential and mixed-use development, but also for “public space, and/or the rehabilitation and reuse of buildings such as the Teachers’ Training Annex” (LU-2.17). The Public Facilities element calls for support for relocation of the UH Branch Library to the Teachers’ Training Annex “should the property become available,” and the Recreational element requires exploring the possibility of “providing a public park” within the redevelopment of the property.
 
Board Trustee Richard Barrera has requested the community’s partnership, so you can count on UHCA to provide a forum for residents to voice their concerns and preferences to city officials and potential developers. Stay tuned and stay informed.”