Editor: There have been new developments in the highly-controversial “make-over” of Balboa Park plan, put forward by local kingpin and billionaire Irwin Jacobs and his politician-ally Major Jerry Sanders. Yesterday, the City Council voted 7 to 1 to order an environmental review of Jacob’s plan and approved a memorandum of understanding with Jacobs. Yet, there are still many detractors of the Jacobs plan, so scroll down to read Bruce Coons view as head of SOHO.
By Roger Showley / SignOnSanDiego / July 20, 2011
The San Diego City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to proceed with review of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs’ $40 million plan to remove cars and traffic from the center of Balboa Park.
Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, the sole dissenter, said she did not think his proposal was the best available, while Councilman Carl DeMaio, though in support, expressed concern about funding shortfalls.
The council did not approve the project, projected for completion in three years, but did OK a memorandum of understanding outlining Jacobs’ and city’s responsibilities during the environmental review period. A development agreement would come later for whatever design, if any, ultimately gets approved.
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For the Voice of San Diego‘s view, go here. The Voice has Irwin Jacobs as a major donor and is somewhat sympathetic to his plan.
Bruce Coons, head of SOHO (Save Our History Organization) opposes Jacob’s plan. Go here for his opinion at the Voice.
The Sanders/Jacobs bypass bridge and traffic recirculation plan for Balboa Park can only be characterized as simply the most destructive project proposed for the historic core of Balboa Park in at least 50 years.
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