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Efforts to redevelop the Midway District start over

SAN DIEGO — While driving the streets behind San Diego’s Pechanga Arena it’s clear to see why metropolis leaders and residents have wished the space beautified for a very long time. Blocky warehouses and empty storefronts principally line the blocks of the central San Diego district.

“Anyone else who lives in this neighborhood knows that this community needs help,” stated Dike Anyiwo the Vice-chair of the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group. “There’s a lot of frustration within the planning group. But how long just the Sports Arena cycle is taking, the fact that we have to start over after a year and a half, almost two years down this road is really frustrating.”

Originally championed by former Mayor Kevin Faulconer in late 2020, the group had accepted a bid from actual property company Brookfield Properties to redevelop the Midway District. The plans included new outlets, parks, housing and an enviornment. But earlier this year, the state put a cease to the proposal after it was discovered the metropolis can be violating the Surplus Land Act.

“It’s a very specific rule that says that any time a public agency like a city of San Diego is looking to dispose of surplus land, it must first offer that property to the affordable housing community,” stated Anyiwo.

The planning group skipped that step and the plan fell by way of. But the metropolis and the planning group aren’t giving up and as of this week have began accepting bids from builders with strict accordance to state legislation.

“The substantive difference this time will be at least 25% of whatever gets built there from a housing standpoint will be what we call deed-restricted, affordable housing,” stated Anyiwo.

In addition to the inexpensive housing, the group is dedicated to preserving its imaginative and prescient of extra inexperienced area and a model new enviornment. They’ll be accepting bids for the subsequent 60 days so those that reside in Midway neighborhood can have to wait a little bit longer to see change come to the district.

“We just need to be patient, go through the process, trust the process, if you will, and we’ll see what happens next,” stated Anyiwo.

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