There’s good news for the OB Gateway Project – and it’s just in time, for the weeds at the site have taken over. The site’s Phase Two has been announced by city officials but no date set. The entryway at the intersection of West Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard – its first phase completed months ago – has become an eye sore for those traveling into and out of our fair village. Weeds as high as a person dominate the site.
Phase Two – delayed due to lack of funding, is now back in gear, as the City of San Diego has now released additional funds which will make the gateway area more accessible to people – you know the joggers, walkers, and bicyclists who cruise our area. There will be – when completed – a user-friendly walkway ADA compliant, some improvements to the intersection and enhanced crosswalks.
Councilmember Kevin Faulconer told the press that “the city’s chief financial officer authorized an increase in the capital improvements budget to the tune of the $150,000 that will make the project a reality. Of that figure, $100,000 will come from a federal grant and another $50,000 will come from an urban community development impact fee fund for Ocean Beach, said Faulconer.”
The Beacon reported that:
“the ADA-compliant walkway will help connect the new plaza with the north end of the project site adjacent to Robb Field. Other work will enhance crosswalks and improve the intersection at West Point Loma Boulevard and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The vision for the entire 12,900-square-foot gateway project area was shaped as the result of concerns and input by the OBCDC, Robb Field Recreational Council, Ocean Beach Planning Group, residents, visitors and recreational users.”
The site has been beset with problems since its inception.
First, it seemed like an eternity for Phase One to be begun and finished. Unfortunately, the project was scheduled to be constructed in the middle of the recession.
Once completed, complaints began filtering in – no benches, no access to Robb Field, no apparent responsible party for maintenance. Then there were reports that certain sub-contractors didn’t get paid. These issues have not been entirely resolved.