City Council Approves Mission Beach Condo Complex

The controversial proposal would build three-story condos on the site of the old Mission Beach Elementary School

The San Diego City Council approved a plan Monday to build a large condominium complex in Mission Beach. 

The council passed the redevelopment plan by developer McKeller Mcgowan Company with a 6 - 2 vote. 

The former Mission Beach Elementary School at the corner of Santa Barbara Place and Mission Boulevard would be demolished. In its place, three 3-story residential buildings would be built, creating 51 condo units. 

Opponents are concerned about what the addition of so many units in the densely populated beach community will do to traffic, parking and infrastructure.

The community group called Mission Beach Citizens for Responsible Development argues the Environmental Impact Report was conducted during non-peak months of February and March.

There are roughly 5,000 residents in the winter months, October through May, the group has said, compared to the approximate 20,000-30,000 that live in Mission Beach during the summer months.

The group also argues that oversized triplexes and quadplexes are out of character with Mission Beach.

According to the developer, the properties were zoned residential and "are identified as MBPD-R-S, which allows 36 dwelling units per net residential acre."

The proposal still has to go to the California Coastal Commission for approval. 

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