In my story today, I was rather scant on details when it came to what exactly the Southeastern Economic Development Corp. has been working on. I just got a chance to speak with SEDC’s interim leader, Brian Trotier, who laid out some of the projects the agency has been working on.

In SEDC’s Southcrest redevelopment zone, adjacent to Barrio Logan (you can see maps of the various redevelopment zones here), the agency is moving forward two projects, Trotier said. The first is the second phase of a new park adjacent to Chollas Creek and the second is the installation of a number of street lights over an eight-to-10 block area near Chavez Elementary School.

SEDC is also continuing to look at changing the intersection of 43rd Street and Logan Avenue to improve traffic flow, Trotier said, and will soon be releasing a request for proposals for developers to build an affordable for-sale housing project at 40th Street and Alpha Street.

In the agency’s Central Imperial redevelopment zone, which covers most of the triangle-shaped piece of land between Interstate 5, Interstate 15 and State Route 94, SEDC’s been working on the fifth amendment to the Central Imperial Redevelopment Plan, Trotier said.

The plan is scheduled to go before the Redevelopment Agency in April, and the new amendment to the plan contains several land-use and zoning changes that should clear the way for several SEDC-led projects, he said.

And SEDC’s been working on capital improvements along the Imperial Avenue transportation corridor, including improving pedestrian access and smartening up public transit locations, Trotier said.

Lastly, in SEDC’s Gateway Center West redevelopment zone, which encloses a small section of E Street and 33rd Street, the group is about to put out a call for bids for capital improvements to Market Street including new street lights and a new median, Trotier said.

Trotier said the agency is also working on a feasibility study into a farmers market in the area and is continuing to work on various job-creation programs.

“We’re just getting back to what we should be doing,” he said.


Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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