Don Bauder 2:46 p.m., Dec. 27
Irwin Jacobs Praises Consultant For Their Work On Plaza de Panama Project
Nearly three weeks after city councilmembers, sans Sherri Lightner, gave the $45 million Plaza de Panama project the green light, Irwin Jacobs and the construction management firm he hired to be in charge of public outreach and planning are patting themselves on the back for a job well done.
KCM Group issued a press release today touting their role in the project aimed at removing traffic from the Plaza by building a bridge from the Cabrillo Bridge that leads to a 797-space parking garage behind the Organ Pavilion.
"The Plaza de Panama project could not have made it to this point without the expertise and diligence of Gordon Kovtun and KCM Group," said Irwin Jacobs. "The team they put together was instrumental in achieving project approval."
Missing from the release was any information about the two-year long battle with historic preservationist group Save Our Heritage Organisation and like-minded residents over what they called destruction of a national historic resource as well as any mention of a possible lawsuit.
The release did reveal some information on the timeline for construction to begin. The relocation of utility lines is expected to begin in October of this year. The project, according to KCM, will be complete by October of 2014, "in time for the 2015 Centennial Celebration in Balboa Park."
More like this:
- In cross-appeal, Save Our Heritage Organisation rehashes fight over plan to remove traffic from Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama — June 3, 2013
- City Council to authorize funding for Balboa Park Parking Garage — Oct. 1, 2012
- National Park Service Opposes Plaza de Panama Project — May 9, 2012
- Balboa Bridge Backers Release Promo Video, Begin Fundraising — Nov. 28, 2011
- SOHO Sues City Over Plaza de Panama Plan — Aug. 3, 2011