Navy Broadway Complex on the Move

Posted on December 6, 2007 | by Denny Oh

NavybroadwayAccording to the December 4th, 2007 edition of the San Diego Daily Transcript (SDDT), Douglas Manchester still has the green light to move forward with his self-proclaimed Pacific Gateway Project.  The San Diego Navy Broadway Complex Coalition (SDNBCC) is a group of local residents who oppose the proposed development and recently contested that a 1992 environmental review of the area was too out dated to be used for current development.  The City Council voted 6–2 in favor of Douglas Manchester however and will continue to move forward…for now at least.

There is some debate as well, as to whether or not there is a fault line that runs through the 15 acre lot.  The 1992 study did not show any evidence of any fault, but recent reports may indicate otherwise.  The city’s Development Services Department recently conducted a new survey and these findings will be reviewed by all parties involved, including CCDC.

Regardless of what the findings are, you can bet that the SDNBCC will try to stop any development on this lot.  The Navy Broadway Complex has created many mixed feelings and strong ones at that.  But for now, Douglas Manchester can breathe a little easier.

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  1. Ian Trowbridge says:

    Actually what SDNBCC wants is a more public discussion of what should be done with the NBC property. It was a gift from the city to the Navy circa 1930 for war purposes only not as suites for desk-bound admirals.

    We hope and think it likely that this property will revert back to the city in the near future. Then we can design public spaces that are so attractive that visitors want to return to them.

    There are currently six law suits involving the property that will take years to resolve.

    The Lane Field development will also face vigorous opposition.

  2. Denny Oh says:

    Thanks for the update Ian. I was under the impression that the Lane Field development, the 2 hotel towers, were going to begin construction in the Spring. Am I behind?

  3. Raye Scott says:

    So, Ian and SDNBCC have decided that by filing numerous lawsuits that will “take years to resolve” is the solution to developing the waterfront in a way his group deems is “so attractive that visitors want to return to them”. I find those statements arrogant and self serving. Suppose some or most of us find the current proposed projects to be attractive enough to visit and revisit and Ian and his groups’ opposition is merely obstructionary? Because we are not filing lawsuits opposing his lawsuits, does that make us wrong and him (them) right? Personally, I like the project, I like the Lane Field project, I like the concept of the waterfront being developed and improved and providing a variety of options for residents and visitors. I don’t like medieval thinkers that do nothing but complain and criticize and restrict the evolution of San Diego into a world-class city because of small town mentalities.

  4. Denny Oh says:

    Thanks for the input Raye. I agree, the waterfront needs to be developed and should be something great…an area that is attractive and beneficial to the community.

    And I think with any large proposals, you’re bound to get opposition – right or wrong. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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