Today, I’m inviting you to send in your thoughts on redevelopment of the Navy Broadway Complex, a unique 14-acre site that covers eight square blocks of downtown’s bayfront near the foot of Broadway. A number of key public meetings and workshops will be held over the next several weeks that will determine what becomes of this valuable publicly owned property.

  • On Aug. 18, 2006, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the new Caltrans headquarters building in Old Town, Assemblywoman Lori Saldañna will host a public meeting of the California Assembly Subcommittee on Base Closure and Redevelopment to discuss the proposed redevelopment of the Broadway Complex site.
  • On Sept. 9, the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), plans to hold a public workshop to discuss the latest proposal for the site submitted by the Manchester Financial Group (MFG). Check the CCDC website for details.
  • On Sept. 16, the Bayfront Complex Coalition and Citizen’s Coordinate for Century 3 will host a public planning workshop to discuss alternatives to the latest MFG proposal for redevelopment of the NBC site.
  • On Sept. 19, the San Diego City Council will hold a public meeting at city hall to discuss what should take place on the Broadway Complex site in the future.

Each of these important meetings will allow San Diegans a chance to present their ideas for what should eventually be built on the Navy Broadway Complex site, and I encourage all readers to attend and actively participate in all these meetings. Today, we’re getting a head start on the process, by inviting you to send in your own thoughts and visions for what could be done with this unique property on our waterfront.

Should the site become a new bayfront public park like the new Millennium Park on Chicago’s waterfront? Should a new stand alone Navy regional headquarters be built on the site using some combination of federal and CCDC funding? What else, if anything, should be built on this site? Should this site become San Diego’s version of San Francisco’s world famous Fisherman’s Wharf? What is the right mix of public parkland and private or public development on the site? This is your chance to voice your own opinion, so please send me your thoughts.

Send your comments and thoughts to info@voiceofsandiego.org or to Don Wood at dwood8@cox.net

DON WOOD

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