Signatures Submitted for SDSU West Initiative in San Diego - NBC 7 San Diego

Signatures Submitted for SDSU West Initiative in San Diego



    Ballot Battle Anticipated Over Qualcomm Stadium

    NBC 7's Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis share why the future of the Qualcomm Stadium is likely to be a hot topic on the 2018 ballot. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017)

    Supporters of the San Diego State University West initiative submitted more than 100,000 petition signatures to the Registrar of Voters Tuesday.

    Two months ago the school outlined their vision of the Mission Valley site which includes a campus expansion as well as a new sports stadium.

    The group needs 71,000 valid signatures to get the initiative onto the ballot.

    Boxes of petitions were delivered to the San Diego County Registrar's Office Tuesday where they will need to be verified. 

    First Look at Details for SDSU Mission Valley Plan

    [DGO] First Look at Details for SDSU Mission Valley Plan

    NBC 7's Artie Ojeda reports on San Diego State University's plan for an expansion using the current Qualcomm Stadium land.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017)

    The initiative, fully titled the SDSU West Campus Research Center, Stadium and River Park Initiative, aims to transform the current site of SDCCU Stadium into a campus with apartments, classrooms and a football stadium.

    SDSU President Sally Roush said the project would be funded by a public and private partnership. The only bond financing could be to build the stadium.

    The project would be developed in phases with the initial phase being the river park, a community park and a football stadium that could house a professional team. The plan includes 95,000 square feet of retail space and two hotels and could potentially include a campus innovation center and a housing site.

    The San Diego City Council can either approve the measure outright or send it to a ballot in November.

    If SDSU West makes it to the ballot, it would compete with the "Soccer City" plan.

    The city council voted 8-0 earlier this year to send the SoccerCity initiative to the ballot next year, denying their bid for a special election this year.

    Politically Speaking: SDSU's Future Needs

    [DGO] Politically Speaking: SDSU's Future Needs

    A lot of San Diego voters like the idea of redeveloping the site where the Chargers played since 1967. However, a key player has jumped off the bandwagon. San Diego State University on board. The Soccer City vision just doesn't square with SDSU's academic and research missions.  NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe speaks with Sally Rush, interim president of SDSU, about the topic. 

    (Published Sunday, June 11, 2017)

    Soccer City also calls for redevelopment of the Mission Valley site into housing, hotels, retail space, a river park and a soccer stadium. The group behind the initiative hopes to bring a Major League Soccer team to San Diego.

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