Public Comments Due Thursday by 4 pm on Housing Commission Selling Famosa Property

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The Agenda for the November 13, 2020, meeting of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) Board of Commissioners includes actions for consideration regarding the Housing Authority-owned property at the corner of Famosa and Nimitz Boulevards.

The Agenda was posted publicly on Friday afternoon, November 6, on SDHC’s website, www.sdhc.org, in the “Governance & Legislative Affairs section.

Fred Kosmo, Acting Chair of the Peninsula Community Planning Board shares more details:

“I reviewed the Agenda, and in particular the SDHC is considering selling the Famosa property to Bridge Housing Corporation for $800,000 and providing Bridge Housing Corporations with a loan of $910,000 for pre-development activities.  A little research indicates that Bridge Housing Corporation specializes in building affordable housing.  Public comments on this Agenda item must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2020.”

From the San Diego Housing Commission:

In accordance with Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the public may provide comments to the SDHC Board of Commissioners through a public comment form that is available on SDHC’s website: https://www.sdhc.org/sdhc-board-agenda-comment-form/

From Point Loma Association

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Avatar Will November 14, 2020 at 8:37 am

This project has been a PITA since at least the late 70s when I lived next door at Park Point Loma. I am glad that the Housing Commission is selling the property because I don’t trust the Housing Commission to follow CEQA and other housing development regulations and I don’t trust the city’s oversight of the Commission. They are one and the same. It’s too easy for one government agency to overlook another government agency’s building efforts.

At least there will be some oversight of a private developer. There will be public hearings during the development phase. Hopefully with public input we’ll get the long planned offramp from NB Nimitz to Famosa, plus other public improvements such as a sidewalk on that side of the street.

We need affordable housing, this project is necessary, but we should watch it like a hawk to make sure that the developer tows the line and doesn’t get any wink and nod deals from either the city or the Housing Commission.

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