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As the economy continues to pick up, developers are picking up the pace, submitting proposals to develop large swaths of land in San Diego.

That trend is evident in Allied Gardens and along Mission Gorge Road. Because of its proximity to downtown, freeways, mass transit, and the San Diego River, the area is key, say planners, in absorbing future population increases. In the coming years, between 8,000 and 11,000 residential units are expected to be built in the area.

At a special meeting on Monday, February 6, two developers will present their plans to members of the Allied Gardens Community Council. The projects call for building a 55-60-unit, three-to-five-story senior housing facility on a vacant lot located at the northwest corner of Zion Avenue and Glenroy Street in Grantville, as well as the Shawnee project, a 999-unit mixed-use development on Mission Gorge Road.

And while the two developers will have a chance to present their vision for Grantville and Allied Gardens, some members of the Allied Gardens Community Council will give their own vision for their community. That vision is not a row of mixed-use development projects but a community with ample park space, with single-family residential neighborhoods and well-placed higher-density communities.

"The average resident understands that the community is going to change, but the average resident wants an infrastructure plan that reflects the character of the community, and most residents agree that the plan has to include more park space," says community planner and member of the community council, Anthony Wagner.

To make that vision a reality, Wagner says some community members are requesting developers' fees (paid to the city in lieu of building parks, as some developers prefer to do) be diverted to the citizenry instead of being deposited in the general fund.

Residents in Allied Gardens believe this can happen in the case of Shawnee and the Village of Zion Senior Housing projects. Because the land for the proposed senior housing project is still in escrow, park mitigation dollars can be used to purchase the land and compensate the developer for their time.

"Ultimately, a three-story senior housing project isn't going to be the end of the world for Allied Gardens, but if there is a plan that would compensate the land owner and developers and preserve community character as well as bring more park space, then we should pursue those alternatives," says Wagner.

The community council will discuss the projects and ways to preserve the character of the neighborhoods, bring more park space, while making room for future developments. The meeting will be held at the Ascension Lutheran Church, 5106 Zion Avenue at 7pm.


*Image of Grantville Redevelopment Project Area from City website *

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notgreedy Feb. 5, 2012 @ 3:30 p.m.

What a bunch of crap. We already have problems with traffic, pollution, energy, water, and corrupt officials, among others. We don't have a housing shortage, we have a population surplus. Constant exploitation will not solve any problems.


aardvark Feb. 5, 2012 @ 8:24 p.m.

This is the crap that Jim Madaffer tried to ram down our throats, when he was our "representative" on the city council. Unfortunately, it just won't go away. It's too bad the picture shown for this article couldn't be a little more specific--for example, showing the actual site for the (alleged) senior housing facility at the corner of Glenroy and Zion. The entire area consists of single-family homes, and it's been that way since Allied Gardens was developed in the 50's. This center would be out of place in this area. Should this go through, I am sure developers are licking their chops to get ahold of the property where the Albertson's is on Waring Rd., and build multi-story apts/condos on the site.


Twister Feb. 5, 2012 @ 8:46 p.m.

The elephant in the room is WATER.

There is a finite amount of water and an infinite amount of demand. That's an absurd equation that won't work. The "easy" water, the "cheap" water, is already over-exploited. Any dumb anus knows that, but will still keep adding consumers until the price for water is beyond affording and the water rationing we've already experienced WILL get worse and worse until only the one percent will have more than a few bucketsfull. The economy will not just tank, it will tank and stay there. Even the one percent will have to have bodyguards and live in armed compounds.

The recent years have not been "drought" years, they have been WATER SHORTAGE years--due to continuing to add more and more consumers.

Here's the question that needs to be asked over and over and over until there is a coherent answer (there won't be, but it must be asked again and again and again anyway):

At what point should development cease in terms of water supply?


Tomas Feb. 5, 2012 @ 9:33 p.m.

The UT just ran a story about a demographer who said that that the rates of people moving into our city and county have virtually slowed to a standstill. The UT just ran a story about there being 40 million too many homes in existence in the US. Higher density lead to higher stress levels and higher levels of stress lead to higher levels of conflict Redevelopment leads to gentrification and higher base price point for housing.

Who truly benefits from density increases, the removal of truly affordable home, increase stress levels in populations, and more homes on the markets driving down over all values of higher end units when, according to the story run in the UT, there are already a 40 million over abundance of homes on the American Market? One thing seems for sure, with more homes on the markets to repress values even further (according to that research group out of Utah referenced in the UT story) it is not the one million working class American who are projected to be foreclosed upon this year.


cochs Feb. 6, 2012 @ 10:28 a.m.

Hope there is a good turn-out TONIGHT, 7:00 Ascension Church for this Town Hall Mtg.

Curious what the process is/source for developers fees for getting that Zion/Glenroy lot used as Park Annexation. (???)


AGresident Feb. 6, 2012 @ 10:46 a.m.

Interesting fact on the Zion/Glenroy site: the developer is being represented by a land use attorney, Lynne Heidel, who is Jim Madaffer's wife.


Ponzi Feb. 7, 2012 @ 9:07 a.m.

I don’t know if it’s interesting. More like business as usual for city hall.


AGresident Feb. 7, 2012 @ 10:36 a.m.

Sorry, its not attorney Lynne Heidel, it is attorney Robin Madaffer (works for Schwartz Heidel Sullivan, LLP).


cochs Feb. 7, 2012 @ 8:10 a.m.

Great turn-out for the meeting! But I personally find nothing more repugnant than developers coming into your community and telling us "what's good for you" and supporting their determinations with "science" that makes no logical sense.

How can senior high-density housing (Zion at Glenroy) benefit "our community" when there can be no priority in to the project due to Fair Housing Act? And one elevator? What senior would want to leave their comfy single-level AG home for a 3-story, one-elevator housing unit on a noisy corner with high traffic...if they could even get in? (No assisted living options to sweeten the idea, either.)

As for the Shawnee proect ....um, let me get this straight.....you want to bring a minimum of 1023 units into the area, highest level 6-stories, and your "science" (you referred to repeatedly last night) or whatever law-of-averages data mumbo-jumbo, tells you this WON'T adversely affect traffic, resource use (water, etc.), crowded local shopping/parking??? And a proposed river park area adjacent to this housing would be open 24 hours per day? Would this not invite crime, noise and curfew issues?


Ponzi Feb. 7, 2012 @ 9:04 a.m.

The more water I conserve the more expensive my bill is. Some other random thoughts…

Anyone visit the Civita development in Mission Valley? 4,800 high density apartments and condos. No schools in Mission Valley. The apartments and condos have 3 to 4 stories. Who is going to want to climb all those stairs after age 50? So that leaves single people and couples… who when they want to start a family will have to move and find a single family home in an area that has schools. Are schools going to be built when they can’t keep the ones we already have open? This is a cluster f**k.

I can’t imagine what the traffic is going to be like in the Mission Gorge, Friars Road corridor in 10 years. Especially if the wildcard called “the stadium” is torn down and all that acreage is developed.


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