The Project Review Committee, a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board, will be reviewing a project on the 4700 block of Brighton Avenue at their meeting Wed., Feb. 19th.
Taking up the only item on the agenda, the unnamed applicant is seeking approval from the Planning Board for a project located at 4766 Brighton Avenue: to take down an older one story house on a large lot and construct two 2-story houses.
This is the first step in a 2-step process, where the applicant first appears at the review committee, which takes a vote of approval or denial; the project then goes before the full Board for a final decision. The next full Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 5. (Decisions can be appealed to the San Diego Planning Commission but the vote of the Planning Board carries a lot of weight.)
The applicant wishes to demolish an existing one-story single-family house, garage and sheds – which all sit on a 5,000 square foot lot – and then build the two 2-story houses including a garage, rooftop terrace and covered carport.
Some neighbors are concerned about the proposed development. They say the builder-owner’s name is Henry Jallos, and owns or did own property right across the alley from the Brighton property.
Apparently, the applicant wants to take advantage of its ability to condo-ise the property, using the already divided two lots, “Lot 7” and “Lot 8” (side-by-side portions of the lot presumably as we have not seen the plans) or some other scheme to throw in the two 2 storied buildings.
Their plan is to build on “Lot 7” a 2 story single family house with a covered carport, totaling 1,820 square feet. And on “Lot 8” to build a second 2 story house, smaller – coming in at 1600 square feet -with a garage of 232 sqft. Either the house or the garage would have a roof terrace. By our count, that’s an FAR of .73 (someone correct us if we’re wrong please).
Neighbors are worried that the property owner and developer will essentially duplicate a foreboding project constructed just a block away in the middle of the 4700 block of Long Branch Avenue.
There, a lot with two 2-story houses appears architecturally to the outside world as a mini-castle, un-inviting, unfriendly, all to itself, throwing an attitude of uncaring and dispassion to the rest of the community.
All that appears to anyone on the street or to neighbors is a near 2-story blank wall as the front broken only by 2 garage doors up the drive-way, accompanied by a rude 2-car curb break.
This is only a worst-case scenario. As yet, again, we have not, at least, seen the plans or the details of this current, proposed project at 4766 Brighton.
Here’s the official agenda for the Project Review Committee.