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While it may not matter to those who don't live there, one group is fighting another over the boundaries of University Heights. The University Heights Community Development Corporation (UHCDC) is battling with the University Heights Community Association (UHCA) over this touchy issue.

According to the UHCDC's petition-signing website, if UHCA “wins their battle to exclude everyone on the east side of Texas Street,” those residents/businesses will be “kicked out” of University Heights.

In an October 2013 letter to interim mayor Todd Gloria, UHCDC executive director Christopher Milnes said, “We request that the boundaries be corrected in the updated Greater North Park and Uptown Community Plans.”

Perimeter of University Heights along dotted line

UHCDC argues that the original San Diego County assessor's map for University Heights shows I-8 as the northern boundary, Lincoln Avenue on the south, SR-163 on the west, and Boundary Street on the east. Google Maps shows the southern boundary as Lincoln Avenue but displays Texas Street as the eastern boundary.

Judy D. Abercrombie, a UHCA board member and real estate agent, refused to send a statement regarding the University Heights eastern boundary. (UHCA's president was out of town.) Abercrombie insisted on a meeting in order to convey the organization's position. “It is a complex matter,” Abercrombie emailed.

UHCDC's petition posits that exclusion from University Heights would result in “reduced property values for resale and for refinancing (appraisals).” It also explained the area would have “no access to neighborhood grants and funds offered by the City or County for community improvements” and “less of a voice when other policy issues arise.”

Vicki Granowitz, chair of the North Park Planning Committee (NPPC), said that “the NPPC has already taken a unanimous vote in support of the UHCDC position.” Granowitz further explained: “The NPPC, following a great deal of research and public debate, disagrees with UHCA's positions. I personally am just confused by their positions.”

Mayoral spokesman Alex Roth did not respond to email and phone requests for comment from interim mayor Gloria.

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shirleyberan Jan. 13, 2014 @ 4:43 p.m.

What about the street trafficking of women- your best neighborhood - get out at night DB

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dwbat Jan. 13, 2014 @ 5:12 p.m.

I'm not sure what your comment has to do with the University Heights boundary dispute.

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SanCarlosGuy2001 Jan. 13, 2014 @ 7:40 p.m.

Sounds like a similar situation just west of me on Georgia Street near Robinson. I think the west side of Georgia on a couple blocks is in the 92103, Hillcrest zip code and the east side is 92104, North Park. (Hillcrest currently enjoying higher property values: and taxes). Of course, it might not make that much difference in the next few years as NP becomes more popular. The same might be said about the stretch of Texas Street in dispute in this article. The popularity and property values in neighborhoods change over time.

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dwbat Jan. 13, 2014 @ 8:23 p.m.

You are so right. East Village property is worth a whole lot more now, than when it was old warehouses and rundown buildings where nobody lived. Hillcrest is much like West Hollywood, where home prices have become unaffordable for most of us. Not sure about the status of PB, which has the highest crime rate in the city, due to an overabundance of bars. North Park was once an undesirable neighborhood, but now is trendy with expensive home prices. Look at Little Italy; what a huge transformation took place there. And downtown is a whole new story too; it will probably get many more high-rise condos/apartment built, as in downtown LA. Any guess on what neighborhood will be the next to go upscale?

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SanCarlosGuy2001 Jan. 13, 2014 @ 8:39 p.m.

I wouldn't be surprised if Logan Heights starts changing. It's close to downtown, transportation, employers, and near the bay. You'll know the neighborhood is changing when artist move in.

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dwbat Jan. 13, 2014 @ 10:41 p.m.

Good point. There's no Redevelopment Agency now to pour in $millions, like what happened in downtown, Little Italy, East Village, etc. But the property values can still only go UP, as other close-in areas fill up with housing and commercial development! I bet money people are quietly buying up property in Logan Heights, as someday it could have the same cachet as University Heights. But who will decide the boundaries? ;-)

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dwbat Jan. 17, 2014 @ 6:41 p.m.

This is the UHCDC resolution of October 2, 2013.

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RLopez Feb. 3, 2014 @ 6:50 a.m.

Contrary to what some people say, this is not really a very complex issue. This boundary error was included in the 1986 North Park Community Plan as a result of a meeting of the UHCA board members and then-Councilperson Gloria McColl. They met on June 2, 1984 to discuss reducing the borders of University Heights. Specifically, they met to discuss “the community plan as it affects the area bounded by El Cajon Blvd. on the south, Mission Valley in the north, Park Blvd. in the west, and 805 in the east" (quote from the UHCA's Newsletter dated May 1984). The idea to divide and reduce the borders of University Heights was spearheaded by the UHCA's board member Chris Huddy along with the other board members, including Judy D. Abercrombie. Consequently, only a few months after that meeting, the (blue) University Heights street signs were strategically placed at Texas Street by the City, thus dividing our neighborhood in half.

Then, in 1986, the North Park Community Plan was published and the new UHCA's recommended reduced borders that split University Heights at Texas Street were listed in the Community Plan. This was done in error and without proper notice or input from those affected. No one on the east side of Texas Street was ever informed that these new boundaries had been discussed and decided upon. Indeed, our entire area was removed from having the UH neighborhood designation because of the actions of only a few people. I’m sure you will agree that no person or any group should be able to throw 16,000 people out of their neighborhood. We now have the opportunity to correct this error.

Currently the North Park Community Plan is being updated and we want this boundary error corrected. We want the UH traditional boundaries, from I-163 to I-805, to be listed officially in the Community Plan. These have been the UH boundaries since 1888. That is why I asked the UHCDC to create a resolution to ask the Planning Department and the Mayor to recognize the true boundaries of University Heights. This resolution was approved unanimously be the entire board of the UHCDC and unanimously supported by the North Park Planning Committee. I am the person who started the "We Are University Heights" on-line petition (http://weareuniversityheights.weebly.com/). We are also talking to our neighbors and collecting signatures door-to-door. We currently have several hundred signatures of people in the neighborhood who believe that they live in University Heights and would like to have this noted correctly in the new North Park Community Plan.

It is time that Community Plan recognizes that the University Heights borders begin at the I-163 in the west and end at the I-805 in the east. It is time that we stop this arbitrary exclusion of 16,000 people from their rightful neighborhood. Indeed, all of our deeds and our tax bills indicate that we live in University Heights and we are entitled to be recognized as such

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