La Jolla Shores Association in November got good news that public review for a UC San Diego large-scale parking project has been fast-tracked, that the university also has a new fire station in the works, and that the community's annual fall festival was a big hit.
In October, UC San Diego rep Anu Delouri presented LJSA on plans for the Voigt Parking Structure, a proposed project with a four-story, two-bay parking structure supporting 840 parking spaces. Delouri told them the public review period on the project would end Nov. 9, which prompted LJSA board members to complain that wasn't enough time for them, or the community, to review it.
“We (UC San Diego) did work hard and got the project out starting Nov. 1 for a 45-day public review until Dec. 15, when comments will close on all the environmental impacts,” said Delouri.
Delouri also touched on another UC San Diego project, a proposed new fire station that the city, its Fire-Rescue Department and university officials are negotiating to build.
“Sounds like there's a lot going on,” noted LJSA president Nick LeBeouf.
The university’s Physical and Community Planning division said the new station would be built in the northwest corner of the campus, just south of where Genesee Avenue and North Torrey Pines Road intersect. Estimates are the station could be completed in spring 2020.
Plans are for the new $10 million to $12 million UC San Diego Fire Station to have the university fund construction, while the city covers personnel and operations, expected to cost somewhere between $1.5 million and $4 million annually.
Discussion of ongoing UC San Diego construction projects prompted LJSA board to express its preference for “where” new construction ought to occur.
Dolores (Dede) Donovan moved, and the board approved, drafting a letter expressing the advisory group's “concerns about the placement of buildings on campus, requesting they be built away from the edges of the campus where it intersects with the community.”
“Bear in mind that the university has grown by several thousand students, which doesn't account for all the people that work there,” noted LJSA board member Mary Munk.
“The (Mid-Coast) trolley will not be up in this part of campus,” pointed out board member Janie Emerson.
In other action:
• Angie Preisendorfer of La Jolla Shores Business Association reported that the 10th annual La Jolla Shores Fall Fest held Sunday, Oct. 15, with Avenida De La Playa closed off for the first time, was successful. “We made enough money to cover the cost of the event,” said Preisendorfor estimating about 400 people attended the fun afternoon, which included a merchant raffle and a children's Halloween costume contest.