Mayoral Committee Recommends New Metropolis Corridor, Inexpensive Housing, Theater on 6 Downtown Blocks

Mayoral Committee Recommends New Metropolis Corridor, Inexpensive Housing, Theater on 6 Downtown Blocks
Downtown San Diego
Downtown San Diego wanting towards Civic Heart Plaza and Metropolis Corridor. Picture by Chris Stone

An advisory committee created by Mayor Todd Gloria advisable Friday that builders be sought to remodel six blocks of downtown San Diego, with a aim of a brand new Metropolis Corridor and Civic Theater together with inexpensive housing.

The Civic Heart Revitalization Committee cited a “once-in-a-generation” alternative to “exchange a Metropolis Corridor and different metropolis buildings which can be outdated and inefficient” and redevelop the adjoining 5 blocks with much-needed inexpensive housing and civic areas.

The six blocks embrace the present Metropolis Corridor, Golden Corridor, the Civic Theater, the Civic Plaza constructing, the Civic Operations Constructing, and the controversial 101 Ash Road tower.

Beneath the state’s Surplus Land Act, a Discover of Availability can be issued within the spring to builders creating 5 of the six blocks, leaving the block the place the Civic Operations Constructing is positioned for a brand new Metropolis Corridor

“I enlisted artistic and educated native leaders to assist guarantee we seize this once-in-a-lifetime alternative to remodel part of our civic core that’s in determined want of a revamp, and so they haven’t dissatisfied,” Gloria mentioned. 

“The committee’s ultimate report serves as blueprint for us to take decisive motion as we embark on a clear, deliberate course of to reimagine a essential piece of San Diego actual property for all of us,” he mentioned.

The committee advisable that 25% of any housing constructed on the property be inexpensive to residents who earn 80% of space median earnings or much less.

“This ultimate report was the product of lots of of hours of volunteerism and dozens of conferences held by the committee and its subgroups that targeted on completely different points of the Civic Heart revitalization: tourism, imaginative and prescient, financial improvement and the way it impacts the group,” mentioned Jaymie Bradford, government vice chairman and chief working officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, who chaired the committee.

The committee’s report is accessible on-line.