Condo proposal at Kellogg's Beach stirs opposition
by DAVE SCHWAB
Published - 02/15/17 - 03:22 PM | 6 6 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Described by some as Point Loma's 'hidden beach,' Kellogg's, also known as Mother's, is located behind Shelter Island in the La Playa area. It is a family beach and popular area for boat watching.
Described by some as Point Loma's 'hidden beach,' Kellogg's, also known as Mother's, is located behind Shelter Island in the La Playa area. It is a family beach and popular area for boat watching.
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A proposed condo conversion on Point Loma's Kellogg's Beach has led to opposition and creation of a Facebook page listing subterranean parking, a seawall and the possible blocking of public access and bay views as major concerns.

Described by some as Point Loma's “hidden beach,” Kellogg's, also known as Mother's, is located behind Shelter Island in the La Playa area. It is a family beach and popular area for boat watching.

The condo-conversion project, which fronts on 405 San Antonio Ave., was an information item at Peninsula Community Planning Board's Jan. 19 meeting. Project architect Mike Morton gave a 15-minute presentation.

Morton described the project site as being in a medium-density area surrounded by large, multi-family units and five single-family homes along the beachfront at the end of Lawrence Street.

“The project allows 13 to 20 units and we are proposing nine,” said Morton. “Rather than having a bulky building, we're breaking it down into five smaller buildings. There will be underground parking with 21 spaces.”

The architect noted project amenities including sustainable landscaping and use of photovoltaic (solar) power, along with an open view corridor and two elevators. He added the project takes into account anticipated future sea-level rise.

Several Peninsulans questioned the project at the Jan. 19 PCPB meeting. Some insisted it would set a bad precedent putting multi-family on the beachfront and destroying the neighborhood's existing character.

“We need to think about people walking on that sandy beach, as well as families coming there who feel it's safe to bring their children,” argued one audience member.

Following the meeting, Don Sevrens, a PCPB board member speaking on his own behalf, noted the project was informational only and “has not reached the planning board or its Project Review subcommittee as yet.” He added city staff and the developer are “still resolving a myriad of details or problems called ‘cycle issues.’

"Some members of the board and the audience raised questions or concerns on various aspects: Closure of foot access to a public beach, a proposed sea wall (possibly not on the applicant's property), accelerated erosion as a result of the sea wall, a parking basement below sea level and the possibility of flooding, blockage of views, possibly inadequate parking and a precedent that would change the character of beachfront La Playa,” Sevrens said. "Design plans for the building itself were given only a hurried and cursory look at this early stage.”

Howard Haimsohn, a neighborhood spokesperson on the project, said it's now “on people's radar.” He noted the Save Kellogg Beach Facebook page solicited “more than 400 likes in one week.”

“About 80 percent of the public view will be wiped out,” said Haimsohn of the project arguing its size and scale is “out of character” with the surrounding neighborhood.

“The main concerns are public access, building on the beach and erosion,” Haimsohn said. “It will add to traffic congestion and safety concerns. Subterranean parking is a nightmare.”

Proponents of the condo conversion could not be reached by the Beacon for further comment.
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Elli..23
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February 24, 2017
Odefin, density is decided by the city. Tell the city that you don't want more density, not the developer. And by the way...what makes you think this units will be rented out? Do you know that for a fact or are you just guessing.
odefin
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February 23, 2017
Those of you who feel this would be a positive, I wonder if you live in that area. There are already way too many cars. yes Yes there is a garage but some units will be rented out and we do not need more vehicles parking on the street. Been on Rosecrans lately? We do not need more density down there.
ElIi..23
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February 18, 2017
If this guy is exercising his property rights legally....leave him alone!!!

Joseph Hillstomer
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February 17, 2017
Funny you guys...I have been following this project and I actually support it at this point...I agree with you Jerod on property values going up and the need for something NEW there...Tremendous asset. Initially I was concerned when I saw all the comments about the access and view corridors, but then I went and looked at the plans at the city and got some facts...Here is what I gathered...As you may or may not know, there has always been a fence around that property for over 50 years. Until last year when it fell during El Niño. People have been going around that fence always to access the area. This project will actually sit where that fence was (I actually measured)...There is another better access through McCall anyway. But in any case access will stay exactly the same...I did the measuring, looked at the plans, and did my homework on that issue. Access does not change. In fact the city may ask the developer to improved the stairs and sidewalk there. That would be an improvement!!

The view corridors are simple...the owner of this property has 30 feet above ground throughout his or her property of air rights...the public view corridor is down Lawrence Street not right above someone's property hahahah. The public view corridor will be enhanced since the plans I saw state the building will be pushed in about 10 feet North. The parking, according to the architect is exactly whats required. Didn't look into that at the city I'm just going by the architects claim. In any case, this project is an asset in my views...I'm kinda tired of everything being old there!...I don't live there myself, i live nearby, but i walk and run there often.
JerodM.
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February 17, 2017
This seems like an asset to me. I live in La Playa .... that house sitting on that lot is way too old...something needs to happen there!...A new building there is needed!! everything is sooo old around it. Plus, people, think about property values...new building sold (i assume it will be for sale), new record prices... !!

Anyways there is always NIMBYS around!! good day.
Eduardo Martinez.
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February 17, 2017
Jerod, I agree. I think thats house was built in like 1950 like everything around it....

I took a quote from the article that I thought was interesting

“We need to think about people walking on that sandy beach, as well as families coming there who feel it's safe to bring their children,” argued one audience member.

Who said that? hahah ...What do they think someone is starting a war down there...its just a building!! and it appears that the lot is zoned for it (according to the article) , what's the issue!!? NEW NEW NEW is what they need there.

What's a NIMBY anyway?

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