Coastal Commission Opposes Convention Center Expansion

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    Efforts to expand San Diego's Convention Center got a thumbs-down recommendation from the state Coastal Commission’s staff on Friday.

    In two weeks, Coastal Commission members will meet to vote on the half-billion-dollar project – and the latest on the project’s rivalry with the Chargers’ stadium proposal.

    Coastal Commission Opposes Convention Center Expansion

    [DGO] Coastal Commission Opposes Convention Center Expansion
    Efforts to expand San Diego's Convention Center have just gotten a thumbs-down recommendation from the state Coastal Commission’s staff. NBC 7’s Gene Cubbison reports.

    A just-released report from the Coastal Commission's staff says the proposed expansion of the Convention Center would disrupt pedestrian access, and block more view corridors, to San Diego Bay.

    Those same objections were raised and dismissed by the Commission itself before the facility opened in 1989 and was expanded in 2001.

    City to Go to Bat for Convention Center Proposal

    [DGO] City to Go to Bat for Convention Center Proposal
    A month before an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center goes before the California Coastal Commission, supporters of that expansion are unveiling what the project would look like.

    Convention Center officials argue that five acres of rooftop parkland and a public plaza will be created, to open up more sightlines to the bay and ocean beyond. They also say pedestrian access and safety will be enhanced.

    On Friday, despite that staff report, San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and local business leaders expressed optimism that Coastal Commission members will ultimately approve the Convention Center expansion when it considers the issue at its Oct. 10 meeting.

    City Sticks to Convention Center Game Plan

    [DGO] City Sticks to Convention Center Game Plan
    When city leaders unveiled the latest images of the proposed convention center expansion, they responded to the recent Chargers pitch to the Coastal Commission. NBC 7's Steven Luke reports.

    “Once the Commissioners themselves see the overwhelming benefits of this project, the extraordinary degree of community support and the public benefits to San Diego Bay, I’m optimistic they will support our request,” Gloria said in a prepared statement.

    He continued:

    “This project enhances public access and safety, builds a new five-acre rooftop park that will be a destination for residents and visitors alike, and will build on the facility’s long history of environmental leadership. We will continue to work to address the issues raised by Coastal Commission staff.”
     

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