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Woolworth Building Rehab Cost to Rise?

A 15,600-square-foot property at 3067 University Avenue was built in 1949 by F.W. Woolworth Company. Last year, the city purchased the long-empty building for $1,950,000 for redevelopment.

North Park Gateway, LLC, was selected to work on the project. The proposal includes 6225 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and six two-bedroom apartments on the second floor.

The North Park Project Area Committee is an advisory group to the San Diego Redevelopment Agency. The North Park committee’s chairperson (who asked to remain anonymous) emailed me June 21. According to the chairperson, the committee received a project estimate of $2.4 million from North Park Gateway at its June 14 meeting. Since then, the developer has requested an additional $100,000 in subsidy funds.

The developer previously paid a $25,000 non-refundable deposit. The North Park committee requested a “full pro-forma” from the developer prior to holding its July 12 meeting.

Michael Lengyel, area project manager for the Redevelopment Agency, did not respond to my request for input.

The former Woolworth's building is not currently designated historic. In their proposal request, staff stated the structure “has the potential to qualify as a historical building as defined under the City of San Diego Municipal Code.” The planned project would include renovation of the existing facade, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, as well as skylights and streetscape/sidewalk improvements.

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A 15,600-square-foot property at 3067 University Avenue was built in 1949 by F.W. Woolworth Company. Last year, the city purchased the long-empty building for $1,950,000 for redevelopment.

North Park Gateway, LLC, was selected to work on the project. The proposal includes 6225 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and six two-bedroom apartments on the second floor.

The North Park Project Area Committee is an advisory group to the San Diego Redevelopment Agency. The North Park committee’s chairperson (who asked to remain anonymous) emailed me June 21. According to the chairperson, the committee received a project estimate of $2.4 million from North Park Gateway at its June 14 meeting. Since then, the developer has requested an additional $100,000 in subsidy funds.

The developer previously paid a $25,000 non-refundable deposit. The North Park committee requested a “full pro-forma” from the developer prior to holding its July 12 meeting.

Michael Lengyel, area project manager for the Redevelopment Agency, did not respond to my request for input.

The former Woolworth's building is not currently designated historic. In their proposal request, staff stated the structure “has the potential to qualify as a historical building as defined under the City of San Diego Municipal Code.” The planned project would include renovation of the existing facade, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, as well as skylights and streetscape/sidewalk improvements.

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Who is the chairperson of the North Park Redevelopment PAC? You can see at this San Diego Redevelopment Agency page: http://www.sandiego.gov/redevelopment-agency/northpar.shtml

June 24, 2011

I've done a quick search for this North Park Gateway, LLC., and haven't found anything...who are the owners?

Not knowing the answer in advance, I'd wager it's people connected with CCDC who are practiced in manipulating the system...any one wanna take that bet?

Best,

Fred

June 26, 2011

Fred, I also tried to find that out, with no success. The chairperson of North Park PAC emailed this note, which shed no light on the subject: "This is a publicly noticed and discussed project - although negotiations between the agency and the developer are private. The developers are a group of three or four (hard to tell right now - I can explain) that have developed/own in the NP area."

June 26, 2011

After searching more documents on the Redevelopment Agency site, one partner is Bejan Arfaa Architects of San Diego, which created the conceptual site plan. The plan includes the developer name of North Park Gateway 31st Street LLC. Another person with 31st LLC is Lyda Cohen. The members of the team have been involved in Cadillac Court, Urbn, and Rancho’s store front improvements. You can read more at: http://www.sandiego.gov/redevelopment-agency/pdf/northpark/nppacminutes020811.pdf

June 26, 2011

Try this link: http://www.sandiego.gov/redevelopment-agency/northpar.shtml

All NP-PAC meeting are public as required by the Brown Act and if you are interested you can get added to the public noticing for every meeting!

An informed public is a true asset to the City!

July 3, 2011

Yeah, yeah--THEY KNOW ALL THAT. We really do need a stadium for this kind of gaming . . .

July 3, 2011

The Woolworths project needs to go away. The building is not particularly attractive nor is it designated "historic." So spending $millions just to have a few commercial spaces and only six apartments upstairs doesn't make economic sense. The owner got almost $2 million for that property (from redevelopment money, of course). Something stinks about the whole project. North Park has a greater need for more parks, so why not tear down the Woolworths, and put in a pocket park? Just east of that building is another ugly empty store (which was last rented by The Windmill Thrift Shop). Nobody wants to rent it. Maybe they should raze BOTH of them for a park.

March 1, 2012

None

And broken glass does not get fixed or covered over with plywood.

Aug. 23, 2012

The building has since been designated as historic, I believe.

Sept. 15, 2013

Yes, you are correct.

July 20, 2016

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