A downtown hearing room was packed Wednesday for a pointed debate on a controversial condo project on a prime piece of real estate near San Diego Bay and the airport.
It's called "Fat City Lofts" and is named for the former restaurant on the site.
A committee of the Centre City Development Corporation is hearing both sides of the issue: supporters of the proposed 237 unit condo, who say the project is compatible with the existing Solar Turbines plant across the street, and opponents, who say the condo project should not be built because complaints from the new condo owners about air pollution, smells and noise from the Solar plant would eventual cause regulators to force Solar to shut the plant, which employs 1700 workers.
The CCDC staff praises the design of the condos, but says the project is incompatible with the city's general plan, that encourages businesses in that area.
A CCDC committee will vote on the issue later Wednesday after hearing from speakers on both sides of the issue.
The Fat City Lofts would be built at the intersection of Hawthorne and Pacific Highway in Little Italy.
Check back for an update to this developing story.