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On Thursday, San Diego Planning Commissioners approved a proposal from St. Paul's Cathedral to build two towers on Nutmeg and Olive Streets in Bankers Hill. The project that was approved was not the applicant's original plan.

For months, a group of residents lobbied against the project. Their objections included the height of the buildings, one at 178-feet and the other at 153-feet, as well as some of the proposed setbacks. Uptown's community planning group voted to deny the project during a September meeting.

But since that meeting the applicant met with residents to work out a compromise.

The discussions resulted in the applicant reducing the height for one of the towers from 178-feet to 158. And, because of the reduced height, St. Pauls withdrew the proposal to include 11 on-site affordable housing units and instead pay the $1.5 million in-lieu fee to the housing commission.

"That's a compromise that is acceptable to [the residents], and it's reluctantly acceptable to the applicant," said project manager Tom Delaney.

It was also a compromise that planning commissioners agreed to support. The project will now head to the city council for final approval.


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Visduh Oct. 7, 2011 @ 7:47 a.m.

Classic, absolutely classic. Applicant asks for more than will be acceptable to planners or neighbors, is "forced" to compromise and settles for less. Often the applicant is allowed to do more than it ever expected. Notice the use of "reluctantly" in the announcement. I'll bet that they're overjoyed to get this approved, but cannot let on that they are.


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