What’s going on at that busy intersection -is a three-story “mixed-used” development that will include 8 townhomes, one flat, and one commercial space that has nearly 2130 square feet.
Locals will recall that the corner used to have a Chevron gas station up until 1996. And the site has remained vacant ever since. Then on February 21st of this year, the Peninsula planning board voted unanimously 8 zip to approve the project.
The owner applicants included the Holt Family Trust, the Barnes Family Trust, Russell C Murfey and Scott B Murfey.
The project sits on nearly a third of an acre at 4175 Voltaire Street and is within the Peninsula Community Planning area, in a CC 3-5 Zone. The community plan designates the site as “Neighborhood Commercial”, and “mixed-use development” is considered the good thing to do, and has been a mainstay in San Diego’s planning trends for years.
This development up to 3 stories will include 2 or 3 bedroom condos with attached 2-car garages. The flat will be on the second floor with 2 bedrooms and have surface parking in the alley. The commercial condo unit at 2128 square feet will be located along Voltaire.
Bike racks will be provided and the “development has been designed to provide pedestrian orientation along Voltaire Street and Catalina Boulevard”, so says the city staff report that recommended approval.
The development’s other “green” attributes will help it fit in to an otherwise cramped area along Voltaire. The project has been reportedly designed to utilize renewable energy technology, self-generating at least 50-percent or more for the residential units of the projected total energy consumption through solar panels (photovoltaic technology).
If a restaurant eventually goes into that single commercial unit in the new project, it will certainly cement this area as the new “restaurant row” of the Peninsula, just a few blocks from OB. A number of quality eateries are already in the immediate area.
Any new business in this area will also undoubtedly add to the congestion, as the intersection is certainly deeply impacted by traffic.
A little history of the site: there had been various auto repairs or gas stations there from 1928 through 1996, when the last station, a Chevron closed down. As mentioned, it has been vacant ever since. Local observers cynically recall that in those days, the “big guys” – the major oil and gas companies – were able to get legislation passed that set up such stringent requirements, that the “little guys” – the franchises or independents – were driven out of business. Point Loma and Ocean Beach lost a number of gas stations during this time.
In 1996 the building was demolished and the underground storage tanks were removed in 1996. In 2006, the County Department of Environmental Health issued passed the site having completed a site investigation.
So, here we are, witnesses to the next development at a very busy intersection.
Go here for staff reports, diagrams and other planning documents on this project.
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