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CCDC chairman Kim John Kilkenny feels the 232-condo mixed-use development proposed for the corner of Hawthorn Street and Pacific Highway known as Fat City Lofts doesn't fit in to the City's General Plan. For that reason, Kilkenny shot the project down today, denying permits to developer GLJ Partners.

The proposed development wasn't without its critics. The development's proximity to a manufacturing plant prompted the mayor, mayoral candidates, and some councilmembers to come out against the project, claiming it would kill jobs and chase plant-operator Solar Turbines out of the city.

Kilkenny echoed their sentiment in his February 14 decision to deny the developer the permits necessary to move forward.

“In my judgment, the proposed project is inconsistent with the General Plan’s Economic Prosperity Element Policy and Centre City Community Plan, which recognizes that base sector industries should be protected and land use inconsistencies should be avoided. The construction of a residential project close to Solar Turbines would result in increased regulatory burdens which may jeopardize Solar Turbines’ continued operations.”

Kilkenny's decision leaves the developer with only one option; to ask the San Diego Planning Commission to appeal the decision.

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