U.S. Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, has asked the FBI, the U.S. Attorney General, the local U.S. attorney, San Diego’s Mayor’s Office, Centre City Development Corp. and the Port of San Diego to investigate “possible fraud” in the siting of the 15-acre Navy Broadway Complex.

Filner writes that the Navy “gave the wrong impression” that the United States Geologic Survey approved the development.

“My concern is that the United States Navy, CCDC and the City of San Diego have not engaged the public, nor provided them with the opportunity to review documents pertaining to the Navy Broadway Complex,” Filner writes.

In 2006, the Navy signed a 99-year lease with developer Doug Manchester to build the Navy Broadway Complex. The project is proposed to include a new Navy administration building, about a million square feet for both offices and hotels, space for retail, arts and public attractions, and a 1.9-acre public park to be operated by the city.

The project has long attracted controversy over the City of San Diego granting the Navy the waterfront land and the Navy using it for commercial purposes.

Filner encloses a June citizens’ complaint in his letter that requests public disclosure of geologic information about the project. Filner is requesting a full report on the matter from each agency.

Filner wrote an opinion piece in yesterday’s San Diego Business Journal on the issue.


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