The OB CDC: Commemorative Bricks, Bike Stations and Veterans’ Plaza

by on May 18, 2015 · 4 comments

in Culture, Environment, Ocean Beach, Veterans

OB Newport end VetsBy Lois Lane

This is my report of the Ocean Beach Community Development Corp (OB CDC) meeting of May 13th, held in the Rec Center.

Commemorative Plaques at Entryway Plaza

The OB CDC regular meeting opened with a discussion on a request for commemorative plaques on the Entryway/Gateway project. There is still space available for 100 bricks. Small ones, 8” x 2”-  are expected to cost $200, while the large ones, 12” x 12” – go for $1000.

No phone numbers or advertising are permitted, and the CDC appears to reserve the right to disapprove the engraved wording, just in case you are thinking of funding one that says “In memory of Anthony’s Pizza Parlor.”

Any amount over the cost of the bricks will be used by the non-profit for entryway maintenance expenses. The OB CDC currently covers the costs of watering in the medians leading up to the entryway from the freeway.

OB Newport Sculpture bh 03Bicycle Parking & Newport Ave Sculpture

Bicycle parking stations were also being discussed, as a grant is available from County Supervisor Ron Robert’s office for $3600. These will be placed at either end of the sculpture on Newport Avenue by the OB Pier parking lot.

OB Newport Sculpture bh 02This sculpture by the way is in need of refurbishment, but cannot be simply re-painted. As a work of art, it must be refurbished. The cost for that is $60,000, so it does not look like it will happen any time soon.

Veterans’ Plaza

The main event at the OB CDC continues to be Veterans Plaza. Application has been made to the City of San Diego for a Coastal Development Permit. Major fundraising will not occur until the plans are approved.

OB Vets Plaza designThe plan area consists of the current Veterans Plaza and the area directly adjacent to the Lifeguard parking Lot. There is a large grassy area between the two development locations that is not included in the plans. No official responses have been received as the permit process is just beginning.

If you have an interest in attending an OB CDC meeting, the best place to find out about them is the OB Rag “Events” Calendar, and the OB Mainstreet Association website. The OB CDC website requires a little more sleuthing. Minutes of the meeting are not available to the public and are not required.

The next meeting is June 11 at 7:00 PM at the OB Rec center.

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Donna May 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Here’s hoping the City of San Diego will hear loud and clear from Obeceans that we do NOT approve of this dinosaur of a Veterans’ Plaza that has been proposed. It’s too big, too expensive, and in the wrong place.

Seems that it arrived out of left field, and should go back there.

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OBCDC May 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for the report.

Any update on the Tot lot at Saratoga park?

Also, WOW: “this sculpture by the way is in need of refurbishment, but cannot be simply re-painted. As a work of art, it must be refurbished. The cost for that is $60,000, so it does not look like it will happen any time soon.”

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Lois Lane May 19, 2015 at 12:52 pm

The Veterans Plaza will not require a DSD hearing or an OB Planning Board Review, as it is a “Process 1” permit. Parks & Rec will approve the right-of-entry permit required, if I have all of this straight. No updates on the Tot Lot.

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Geoff Page Geoff Page May 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

Well actually, if a project requires a Coastal Development permit, it has to come before the local planning board.

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