Vacant Mission Beach Elementary School razed, property to become condos
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The former Mission Beach Elementary School building on Mission Boulevard has been reduced to rubble. / Photo by Dave Schwab
The former Mission Beach Elementary School building on Mission Boulevard has been reduced to rubble. / Photo by Dave Schwab
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The Mission Beach Elementary School building on Mission Boulevard between Kennebeck Court and Santa Barbara Place, which was vacant since 2013, has been torn down. 

“Lennar Corporation purchased Bayside Cove in Mission Bay in December of 2018 and will build the community and park per the previously approved plans, which include 59 homesites spanning condominiums, townhomes and one single-family detached home,” said Danielle Tocco, spokesperson for new developer Lennar Corp., which purchased the property from previous developer McKellar McGowan. “Home construction is anticipated to begin in summer with pre-sales planned for July."

The City Council voted 6-2 in 2016 to approve McKellar McGowan’s plans to build three-story buildings, with a total of 59 units, split between two development areas on both the south and north sides of Santa Barbara Place in Mission Beach. A lawsuit brought by a group known as Mission Beach Citizens for Responsible Development sought unsuccessfully to overturn the project. 

The Coastal Commission secured concessions from McKellar McGowan, which included reducing the number of units from 63 to 59, and relocating, re-shaping and enlarging the project’s public park fronting Mission Boulevard.

The elementary school function ceased in the summer of 1973, after which the facility served as a special education school until at least the early 1980s. Upon closure of the site as an education facility, it was used for administrative purposes by San Diego Unified School District until 2013 at which time the property was sold to a development company.

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Ahmad Rashad
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May 09, 2019
Such a shame...
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