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County Supervisors on Tuesday will vote whether to formally oppose the development of 232 condos and 4,485 of retail space across the street from the Solar Turbines manufacturing plant in Little Italy.

Supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob are asking their colleagues to adopt a resolution in opposition to the Fat City Lofts project. The project, proposed by GLJ Partners for the corner of Hawthorne Street and Pacific Highway, has come under fire in recent months.

Representatives from Solar Turbines say building a residential development so close to the industrial plant would spark new environmental regulations. They warned that if approved, the company would pack up and move the 3,800 jobs to another city. Not long after, San Diego politicos began to join the fray, coming out in opposition to the project. Now, county supervisors are ready to chime in.

"The health and well-being of all County residents lie at the core of our mission to serve the public. San Diegan also expect local government to be focused on creating and maintaining jobs, especially in this period of economic uncertainty," read the statement from Supervisors Jacob and Cox.

"We believe that by allowing residences within 100 feet of Solar Turbines' property will create insurmountable conflicts between residential and industrial uses that could ultimately result in Solar Turbines having to reluctance its operations-- and the jobs that come with it."

CCDC chairman Kim Kilkenney will consider the board's recommendation before deciding the fate of the project during a board meeting on Wednesday at 1:15pm.


Image from http://www.savefatcitysd.com/

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Visduh Jan. 23, 2012 @ 10:23 a.m.

One would wonder why anyone would want to live in buildings with a view of an industrial facility, or alternatively, the railroad tracks and a parking facility. Add to that the airport noise, the traffic and you-name-it, and it defies rational desire.

While Solar Turbines is undoubtedly being alarmist about the potential for conflicts with the neighbors, it points out the possibility. Why is it that the SD waterfront cannot be an area where real work is done? Such as having a real, working seaport? There was a time when the city coveted its rightful place as So Cal's major seaport. That was snatched away when the railroads converged on Los Angeles.

With California hemorrhaging jobs by the thousands, it does not pay to place any more of those we have at risk. There are plenty of other places for condos. There are not 3800 good-paying jobs in manufacturing jobs that can be enticed here in the current environment.


downtownguy Jan. 23, 2012 @ 1:09 p.m.

Rather than passing resolutions in opposition to a project that they will never vote on and have no jurisdiction over they should:

a. Manage their regulatory staff to make sure the plant is not shut down (they are the APCD Board) b. Negotiate to trade the County owned block at Cedar and Kettner and build employee parking on the Fat City site.

Everybody wins and Little Italy would retain the historic Star Warehouse.


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