Walter Mencken 2 p.m., May 28
Fourteen Barrio Logan property owners represented 70 percent of vote needed to establish new Barrio Logan Maintenance Assessment District
Majority of residents, 54% voted against the MAD
The Barrio Logan Association, the non-profit that will control the newly formed "Community Benefit Maintenance Assessment District," is eager to get the district up and running.
On March 22, the interim Board of Directors for the Barrio Logan Association, headed up by vice president of Shea Properties, Kevin McCook, the developer for the Mercado del Barrio mixed-use project, announced it was looking for a executive director to run the assessment district.
The new position starts out at $50,000 a year, nearly 20 percent of revenues expected from assessments.
San Diego's newest maintenance assessment district was approved by the City Council on November 29 of last year.
The district will provide a number of enhanced city services such as sidewalk sweeping and steam cleaning, tree trimming, graffiti removal, trash collection, homeless services, signage, and security.
Serving on the Barrio Logan Association's board of directors includes developers and other investors with major stakes in the continuing development of Barrio Logan. Those names include McCook, Glenna Schmidt from Mitchell Investments, Ben Avey from Family Health Centers, and Tom Ryan owner of Ryan Brothers Coffee.
Both McCook and Schmidt played a huge role in bringing an assessment district to Barrio Logan.
According to ballots filed by the City Clerk's Office, out of the 181 ballots that were sent out the vast majority of landowners, 99, voted against paying for enhanced services while 82 voted yes. Many of those who voted no owned smaller, residential properties.
On the other hand, support from developers and investment brokers such as McCook and Austin Foyle from MAAC was vital.
The returned ballots show that McCook and Shea Properties had the largest stake in the vote, representing $17,541, or a little over 13 percent of the entire dollar amount. Other big yes votes included low income housing developer, MAAC, who carried a $14,515 weighted dollar amount, San Diego Unified School District's vote amounted to $9,949, R&H Properties' Billy Bernard represented a $7,088 stake in the vote, San Diego Community College whose total dollar amount added up to $6,421, and of course, Glenna Schmidt and her Mitchell Investments represented another $3,160.
Those six yes votes in addition to 8 other landowners accounted for 70 percent of the total dollar vote.
According to Councilmember David Alvarez's office, the Barrio Logan Association has not yet obtained non-profit status from the IRS. That is expected to occur in the coming weeks.
Kevin McCook failed to respond to a request for comment.
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