Bob McPhail 6:31 a.m., May 19
County Unanimously Votes to Demolish Historic Star Builders Supply Company
The all Republican pro-developer San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to demolish the historic Star Builder's Supply building at the gateway to Little Italy in order to pave way for a parking structure!
The 1911 Star Builders Supply Company Building located at the corner of West Beech Street and the railroad tracks near Kettner Boulevard was historically designated in 1991 as City of San Diego Historical Landmark #312. Tax-payers already have invested significant amounts of money into rehabilitating the historic structure after it was designated so why would the County take this away from citizens who paid for it?
The Supervisors apparently made NO mention of the historic significance of the building or the investment of tax-payers in the building at the hearing.
According to SOHO the historic building "also known as the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company, the pre-World War I, concrete warehouse, is built in the Edwardian Commercial style. It is an excellent example of a turn-of-the-century industrial building. Star Builders, who specialized in concrete, showcased their products with the building, which is one reason it is so striking. The reinforced concrete framed building has cast concrete blocks made to simulate quarried stone infill."
SOHO goes on to say why saving this building is so important: "Little remains of the warehouse and industrial district in this area today, making this unique building an important connection to the historic use of this neighborhood. In 1996 the County invested considerable public funds to rehabilitate and seismically retrofit the building and change the use from a warehouse to a commercial office use."
"The County of San Diego, often known for their stewardship of historic sites, is failing to see their obligation on this one, as well as any visionary treatment. The creation of a parking lot is not reasonable rationale for tearing down a treasured historic building. The building can easily be incorporated into any new project and parking on the site."
We need to flood the Supervisors with our opposition to this terrible decision before we lose this unique piece of history forever!
And if you can please support SOHO. They have worked tirelessly to try and save San Diego's history from this developer dictatorship. I have come to the realization that the only way to really fight to save these important structures is through lawsuits since the City and County truly do not care about the desires of their constituents and that requires money. http://sohosandiego.org/giving/index.htm
Also please contact the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and say NO to destroying this important piece of San Diego history.
Ron Roberts (619) 531-5544 email@example.com
Greg Cox 619 521-5511 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Horn 619-531-5555 email@example.com
Pam Slater-Price 619 531-5533 Pam.Slater@sdcounty.ca.gov
Diane Jacob 619) 531-5522 firstname.lastname@example.org