Jeff Smith 2:15 p.m., July 27
County Supervisors to Discuss Fat City Lofts
County Supervisors on Tuesday will vote whether to formally oppose the development of 232 condos and 4,485 of retail space across the street from the Solar Turbines manufacturing plant in Little Italy.
Supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob are asking their colleagues to adopt a resolution in opposition to the Fat City Lofts project. The project, proposed by GLJ Partners for the corner of Hawthorne Street and Pacific Highway, has come under fire in recent months.
Representatives from Solar Turbines say building a residential development so close to the industrial plant would spark new environmental regulations. They warned that if approved, the company would pack up and move the 3,800 jobs to another city. Not long after, San Diego politicos began to join the fray, coming out in opposition to the project. Now, county supervisors are ready to chime in.
"The health and well-being of all County residents lie at the core of our mission to serve the public. San Diegan also expect local government to be focused on creating and maintaining jobs, especially in this period of economic uncertainty," read the statement from Supervisors Jacob and Cox.
"We believe that by allowing residences within 100 feet of Solar Turbines' property will create insurmountable conflicts between residential and industrial uses that could ultimately result in Solar Turbines having to reluctance its operations-- and the jobs that come with it."
CCDC chairman Kim Kilkenney will consider the board's recommendation before deciding the fate of the project during a board meeting on Wednesday at 1:15pm.
Image from http://www.savefatcitysd.com/
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