Sunset Cliffs and Silvergate Elementary Schools to be Converted to Large Scale Service Communities
The Mayor and members of the San Diego City Council will hold a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. to announce plans for what has been termed, two “Mega Service Centers and Shelters for the Homeless,” to be established in Point Loma. Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office announced the press conference yesterday. When contacted for comment, mayoral spokesman, John Galt, said, “We have had to be a bit secretive, but the plans for the centers have been over two years in the making. We are very excited about how well these particular sites will suit the needs of so many.”
A member of the City Planning Department, on the condition of anonymity, said the continued drop in enrollment at Silvergate and Sunset Cliffs Elementary Schools provided the perfect opportunity to turn the much needed space into what she termed, Mega Service Centers and Shelters for the Homeless. Plans include housing for 500 men at the Sunset Cliffs site and for 275 women at Silvergate. She went on to say along with housing, there are plans for on-site medical and counseling services, cafeterias for residents and drop-ins, full scale drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, and job training. Additionally, the Sunset Cliffs site will have a full acre for “car-camping” complete with hook ups and septic systems.
In a pre-conference statement issued by Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s office, “The school sites have been chosen for conversion due to decline in school enrollment over the past five years. It seems any parents who value the education of their children have been enrolling them in private school. Why waste the land on a few children who will not receive the type of education to excel, and will probably be residents of the facility when they are grown.”
Further search of records and permits indicate the shelters are part of what appears to be a much larger plan. McMillan Companies have been awarded the contract to demolish the schools and build the new facilities; 75,000 square feet and three stories at Silvergate and 120,000 square feet and four stories at Sunset Cliffs. As an incentive, the Council has agreed to use eminent domain proceedings to obtain the area bordered by Sunset Cliffs Blvd., down to the water’s edge, Ladera St to the south, Hill St. to the north and Cornish Dr. to the east. The plans indicate McMillian will raze the private residences razed and twenty homes will be built in an exclusive gated community. The new community will be tentatively named, “Tierra de los Rico.”