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If you like to be in-the-know — and I know you do — you can’t get in any earlier on the proposed redevelopment of the Civic Center Complex than Thursday’s (Sept. 6) pre-submittal conference at the San Diego Community Concourse, being held from 10 a.m. until noon in the Silver Room. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to take a self-guided walking tour of the complex.

For more on the pre-submittal conference, click here. The conference is being geared toward prospective developers and consultants.

The Centre City Development Corp. has put out a request for qualifications, due back Oct. 12. CCDC intends to redevelop the four-block site through a public/private partnership.

The RFQ can be accessed here .

The downtown San Diego site is significant in size, at just more than six noncontiguous acres, and in importance, since it houses five separate public structures: the City Administration Building, the San Diego Civic Theatre, the Convention and Performing Arts Center, the Evan Jones Parkade, and the City Operations Building/Development Services Center.

City officials say the current 1960s-era civic center is “outmoded,” and that the administration building accommodates just 600 city employees. To house the rest of the municipal headcount, the city pays about $13.5 million each year to lease additional downtown office space, according to the RFQ. The majority of those leases expire in 2013 and 2014.

What would you like to see at the Civic Center Complex? Any peeves about the current design? Or do you dig its pre-Ron Burgundy style?

JENNIFER McENTEE

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