The Chargers want the public to decide on a plan that would combine the plans for Convention Center Expansion and the New East Village Charger Stadium.
Political posturing and debate continue to develop with the proposal for the development of a new Chargers Stadium in the East Village/Ballpark neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. This week Chargers special council Mark Fabiani announced the Chargers interest in proposing that the stadium development and expansion of the current San Diego Convention Center be combined into one big project. They hope to have a proposal and renderings of the idea to be prepared by year’s end. The debate is really all over the place with regard to where, how, and when the new stadium will be built, however the desire to keep the team in San Diego is quite evident.
Most home owners of Downtown San Diego Condos and Lofts that I speak to are in support of the infrastructure and eventual value these developments will have on the Downtown Neighborhoods and businesses. Why wouldn’t they? Petco Park and the Downtown Convention Center are fixtures of the redevelopment that updated Downtown San Diego infrastructure supporting the Residential Development that occurred as a result. Use of the stadium for other events like convention space and infrastructure is not a completely horrible idea? It has been done successfully in other cities, and provides some flexibility in the use of these public spaces.
A very good article detailing these developments was posted in the Union Tribune this week. This article provides a good summary of the updates and political developments for those interested in the issues surrounding city development of old and outdated public spaces. Click on Chargers stadium week in review: Collision to read more.