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Development Plan for ‘Q' Site Not Involving Moores, JMI or SDSU

It's gotten enough petition signatures to be approved by the Council or city voters

Rumors that San Diego State University (SDSU) and a former owner of the Padres have a plan to develop the Qualcomm Stadium site are not based in fact.

The only detailed vision for the 166-acre property is still "SoccerCity", which has qualified for a City Council decision to adopt it or put it before the voters.

With Council members having reservations about holding a special election in November, talk has been rampant that John Moores and his JMI corporation, builders of Petco Park, are teaming up with SDSU to develop the land the Chargers have left in Mission Valley.

Under the billion-dollar SoccerCity plan, private investors are proposing a stadium for pro soccer and SDSU football, offices, retail, thousands of housing units and 55 acres of parks.

It's gotten enough petition signatures to be approved by the Council or city voters, if they choose.

While the Moores/JMI/SDSU speculation has offered hope among SoccerCity critics of a competing vision, NBC 7 has learned from sources close to Moores and and JMI that no such plan is, quote, "imminent."

We're told that JMI "has no business interest" in the Q site, and has "made no effort to influence" a decision on the site's future, or "intention to do so."

SoccerCity has the endorsement of Mayor Faulconer, but he can't put it on the ballot himself.

As for San Diego State, it's walked away from bargaining with SoccerCity's investors.

The university wants to expand in Mission Valley, and has called on the city to invite other proposals.

The Council will take up the issues in June.

Meantime, there's talk of a plan, soon to be released by developer Doug Manchester, to "revamp" Qualcomm Stadium.

Manchester is President Trump's nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas.

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