From the Reporter
The Issue
Since a car dealership closed on El Cajon Boulevard in 2009, residents of the three neighborhoods that surround it have been awaiting news of what will be built there next.
Competing Interests
Because the decision could set the tenor for future development along the boulevard, Talmadge and Kensington to the north wanted a mainstream market like Trader Joe’s, while City Heights interests instead hoped for uses like affordable housing or a public park.
The Compromise
Price Charities, which owns the land, plans to donate it to the YMCA for a new facility, hoping a recreational center will help bring residents of the disparate neighborhoods closer together.

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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