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San Diego Citizens Group to Meet With Chargers in Stadium Talks



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    Negotiations and debate in San Diego over what to do with the aging Qualcomm Stadium. This image taken in March 2016.

    The San Diego Chargers are scheduled to meet Monday with representatives from a San Diego Citizens group to discuss proposals for a new NFL stadium downtown.

    The meeting will involve the Chargers and a group called the Citizens' Plan, which will be represented by Attorney Cory Briggs and Donna Frye among others. 

    The focus will be to set up a hotel room tax system to pay for Convention center expansion and possibly a Chargers stadium in Mission Valley.

    The Chargers recently released the 110-page initiative they hope to get on the November ballot.

    San Diego voters got their first look at the San Diego Stadium Initiative - the team's proposal for a new stadium on a 12-acre site in the East Village. The parcel of land is located between K Street and Imperial Avenue and between 12th Avenue and 16th Street.

    The project "requires a private sector contribution of $650,000,000 be provided for the Stadium and that a covenant an d agreement be secured requiring a professional football team leasing the Stadium to agree not to relocate for a period of 30 years."

    It would also require $350,000,000 from Transient Occupancy Tax funds.

    The hybrid stadium and convention center facility presents a tricky set of logistical and environmental challenges. 

    An MTS bus yard will need to be acquired, relocated and the underlying property “remediated” of residual pollution.

    An historic building – the old Wonder Bread factory that now houses Mission Brewery – will also have to undergo the same process.

    The San Diego Convention Center Corporation has said they prefer an on-site contiguous expansion.