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The Palm Beach Post followed up on our story about Centre City Development Corp. President-COO Nancy Graham’s former business relationship with the developer of a $409 million downtown condo and hotel project in San Diego.

The Post story begins:

It looks like Southern California’s mellow vibe has not exactly softened tough-talking Nancy Graham, West Palm Beach’s onetime mayor and the architect of the city’s downtown renaissance.

Judging by some recent articles in San Diego publications, Graham, now head of that city’s downtown development agency, still is causing controversy and challenging critics. These days, Graham is taking offense to local concerns that her past affiliation with a developer might be at play with the proposed development of an ambitious 41-story building in San Diego.

The developer: The Related Companies of California.

Sound familiar?

Related of California is an affiliate of New York-based Related, the CityPlace builder with ties to Related Group of Florida, the builder responsible for many of West Palm Beach’s condominiums.

Graham’s business involvement with Related led to a controversy in Florida that ended with her resignation from a similar redevelopment post in West Palm Beach. While there, she had an ongoing relationship with the Related Group of Florida, jointly developing a $100 million waterfront condominium project near West Palm Beach. N-K Ventures, the development company she formed with her husband, shared in the profits from the condo construction.

Graham said she has since sold her interest in that company and said she has removed herself from any negotiations with Related in San Diego.

ROB DAVIS

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