The long vacant ground floor of the TR Produce Building (888 J Street) may finally receive an occupant under a proposal before Civic San Diego. However, because the prospective tenant is primarily an office use rather than a retail use, it will require a conditional use permit (CUP) subject to certain findings being made. The prospective tenant, Underground Elephant, “focusses on providing enterprise marketing software solutions to companies. . .” The company has 85 – 90 employees and is currently located in 600 B Street. To mitigate its non-conforming use, Underground Elephant proposes a “Coffee bar” at the front of business, which will be open to the public. Continue Reading TR Produce Creative Space Proposal Another Example of City Council’s Folly in Approving Demolition of Other Creative Space.
The Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) board of directors has decided to rid itself of its Land Use Planning Committee (LUP). Reportedly, the decision was motivated by a desire to focus GQA resources on marketing and other business promotion functions. The effective date of this decision remains unclear.
San Diego – 719 Ash Project, a 18 story hotel project on Cortez Hill has requested an extension of its design review and development permits to April 1, 2015 to allow for additional time to obtain financing. The project site is on the South side of Ash Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, and would involve the demolition of the Rodeway Inn that currently occupies the site. Continue Reading 719 Ash Hotel Project Hill Requests Extension of Permits