Civic San Diego followed the standard process for selecting a developer for a project on a blighted lot at Euclid Avenue and Hilltop Drive, but some folks say because the project is in the historically underserved neighborhood of Encanto, the process should have included more public input.
Civic San Diego is one step closer to completing an important development project in southeastern San Diego, an area where it’s long tried to take on a larger role in driving urban renewal.
But some in the community aren’t pleased with the process that led the organization to choose the new project developer. The complaints are stirring up the same issues that have kept Civic San Diego from expanding its authority outside of downtown for years. Namely, many in the community just don’t trust the organization.
The project is coming to an eight and a half acre lot at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Hilltop Drive. The dirt lot has blighted the Encanto area for years, and is something of a gateway to the Market Creek Plaza area that city planners have targeted for development of new housing and job opportunities for the community.
Plenty of community members are happy something is happening, but not everyone’s pleased with the way things are playing out.
Civic San Diego is a city-owned agency that regulates development downtown and in parts of southeastern San Diego. It selected Affirmed Housing to develop a new mixed-use project on the property. The project will include homes for sale and rent geared toward a mix of incomes, plus retail geared toward community needs. It hasn’t released other details.