Don Bauder 12:30 p.m., March 23
Transit Group Endorses La Mesa High-Rise Proposal
Park Station, a proposed mixed-use development in La Mesa featuring a 19 story high-rise tower, has received one of the first two endorsements issued by Move San Diego’s MOVE Alliance, the La Mesa Patch is reporting.
The Park Station promotional website now sports a seal of approval from the transit advocacy group, one it paid $2,500 to receive.
“When completed, Park Station will replace the existing auto-oriented property with a smart, walkable community that supports sustainable growth in La Mesa,” Move SD executive director Elyse Lowe says in a February 2 press release.
One problem: the group didn’t include a traffic study as part of its overall evaluation of the Environmental Impact Report concerning the project. This is a fairly major omission, notes Bill Adams of UrbDeZine San Diego.
The UrbDeZine website notes that the original study by the project’s consultant “found that the project would have no traffic impacts.” The City of La Mesa rejected this finding as implausible and kicked the report back to be revised.
UrbDeZine also questions whether the plans, as submitted, constitute a “straw man” design, primarily intended to eliminate zoning restrictions on the property and increase its resale value.
Currently the parcel on which the intended development would sit is only zoned for four story construction in a town devoid of skyscrapers where “the most prominent features in La Mesa’s skyline are its church steeples and hills.”