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A Chula Vista city councilman said in an interview this afternoon that he will ask his council colleagues tonight to begin considering the Chargers stadium issue. He hopes to form a council subcommittee and begin talks with the team.
“From my vantage point, we’d be interested in looking at talking to the Chargers and seeing what they have to offer,” said Councilman John McCann.
HomeFed Corp., a residential development company based in Carlsbad, has expressed interest in talking with the Chargers and owns about 3,000 acres of land in Chula Vista’s Otay Ranch, as we reported today.
Any new stadium site would likely need to be accompanied by some form of residential development, and the team would need a development partner. The proceeds from home or condo sales would wholly or partially finance the construction of a new stadium.
“It makes a lot of sense,” McCann said of Otay Ranch as a possible stadium site.
He cited the nearby Olympic Training Center, the planned construction of four-year university, and the building of the South Bay Expressway – State Route 125 – as evidence that the Otay Ranch area is a viable location for a professional football stadium.