After six years and a cost $10 million the planed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center is canceled in a 7-0 vote Tuesday by the San Diego City Council. You can read all about it at The Voice of San Diego website, but we have some highlights for you below:
with one 7-0 vote Tuesday, the San Diego City Council abandoned the effort. The $520 million plan to expand the facility — the biggest construction project on the city’s docket — is now dead. It won’t have to fight off the last environmental litigation from attorney Cory Briggs, who engineered this collapse. It will not pass go.
It is one of the biggest, gnarliest and most embarrassing legal failures the city has ever seen. Never mind the countless hours of hearings, meetings and public pronouncements, the Convention Center Corporation has already spent $7 million on “due diligence, land acquisition costs, entitlement and design,” Steven Johnson, the Convention Center spokesman, told me Tuesday.
The agency also got a $3 million loan from the now defunct Centre City Development Corp
the momentum seems to have shifted to an idea the Chargers have been trying to get some traction behind for years. Look, they say, just build us a stadium nearby, put a little retractable roof on top of it and your big conventions can spill over to that facility.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, for the first time that I have seen, now is open to the idea of a non-contiguous Convention Center/Stadium.
The Times of San Diego had this to say about it:
Councilman David Alvarez, who voted against the financing plan two years ago, said he was pleased that his colleagues decided against pursuing an appeal.
“We have a new opportunity to move forward with a better project, including a potential stadium site, and engage San Diegans in a citywide dialogue about how to build the best facility possible,” Alvarez said. “The people of San Diego should get a say on whether to fund a convention center expansion, and discuss the size, scope and location of the project that best serves the needs of our city.”