Mayor Todd Gloria said the city would pursue an immediate two-way strategy of court appeals and environmental research to “do the will of the people” and revive crumbling Midway County with clubs. striptease, warehouse and old Sports Hall.
Gloria outlined the strategy late Friday after Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal ruled on December 14 that the city should have carried out an environmental assessment prior to the move. Measure E to vote in 2020.
The bill, which removes the 30-foot height limit that essentially prevents buildings from being taller than two or three stories, passed with 57% of the vote. However, opponents warn about tall buildings and wanted more parkland filed a lawsuit.
“It was my duty to do the will of the people, and San Diegans voted by a sizable margin to remove the 30-foot coastal height limit in the Midway planning area,” Gloria said.
“The ability to build over 30 feet is critical to the redevelopment of the city’s Sports Arena property, which will add thousands of new homes to help solve our housing crisis – and that is key to revitalizing a neighborhood that has waited decades to transform,” he added.
Gloria said the court’s appeal will take more than a year, during which time the city will prepare an environmental impact report in case the issue has to be put up for a vote again.
“While I am optimistic about the City’s chances of winning on appeal, with all that is at stake and the length of time the appeals process is taking, it is worth making sure that the revival in Midway This is still going in the right direction,” he said.
Bacal said the city should have considered the impact on visibility from other neighborhoods before introducing a measure to end the height restriction on the ballot.
Five developers have submitted plans to redevelop 48-acre city-owned real estate in the county including the Sports Arena.
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