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Skateworld, a Linda Vista landmark on Linda Vista Road, is on its way to extinction after the San Diego Redevelopment Agency approved a negotiation agreement on June 15 with a development company for the agency-owned property.

Despite a plea from constituents and Gary Stang — owner and operator of the indoor skating rink for the past 34 years — the agency approved the exclusive agreement with MRW Group.

The tentative plan from the developer is a massive renovation and improvement project that would provide the neighborhood with a modern community and recreation center.

“I am asking you to please deny this exclusive negotiation agreement with this developer,” said Stang during last week’s city-council meeting. “We are the last roller-skating rink the city of San Diego. When we’re gone, that’ll probably be it for [indoor] roller-skaters in San Diego.”

Stang argued that his business has drawn visitors from all over San Diego County and made a lot of positive contributions to the community, including fundraisers, activities for all ages, and jobs. The absence of Skateworld will impact the entire community, he said.

During the non-agenda public comment portion of the June 22 city-council meeting, another citizen spoke up to express disappointment in the agency’s decision: “I don’t know what we can do because you already voted on this…. I just think you’re making a really bad decision, and I think this issue needs to be readdressed. Maybe you can go there on a Saturday or a Sunday and really see what [Skateworld] does for the community,” said Adela Falk.

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Ken Harrison June 24, 2010 @ 9:02 p.m.

This is a perfect reason why businesses like this need to own their own land. Developers don't give a crap about nostalgia. This place will be missed. If I'm not mistaken, there are only 2 more left, Escondido and Santee. I'm amazed SD still has bowling alleys and Drive In Theaters

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a2zresource June 25, 2010 @ 6:12 p.m.

Perhaps this is the reason the Redevelopment Agency needs its $288 million in loans to the City of San Diego forgiven on July 13?

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sdgirl92123 June 27, 2010 @ 3:25 p.m.

@califcomedy - Skateworld is the LAST rink in San Diego. Escondido and Santee have closed their doors. And the owner of Skateworld has tried unsuccessfully for years to purchase the land from the city. They denied all his proposals but, now think it's a good idea to give it away to a community center that will bring in no revenue back to the city. And people wonder why San Diego is in such financial trouble....hello!

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a2zresource June 28, 2010 @ 2:13 p.m.

I'm kind of waiting for a Donna Frye spokesperson to add to this thread some sort of logical, unbiased explanation...

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