Tonight the Clairemont Mesa Planning Group will hear a presentation from the developers, and vote to support it or not. The final decision will be in the hands of the City Council, but the Planning Group's recommendation to support or deny the change will be considered. The Planning Group meets at 6:30pm at LiveWell, 4425 Bannock Ave. The meeting is open to the public. If you have an interest or strong feelings one way or the other please attend and let the Planning Group know how you feel.
I can tell you this, those against the project are trying to gain your support by putting those ugly ideas (hard liqour sales, adult entertainment establishments) in bold. Those are NOT proposed businesses for this particular project. If those businesses were a part of this project I too would be against it. BUT THEY ARE NOT!
Yes an In & Out is proposed, BUT they have met with this housing development on more than one occasion to try and satisfy their requests. The In & Out is going over and beyond to accommodate Per permit law, drive throughs are required to have enough room for a 5 car back up, In and Out is set for 12! They also have included (per the housing requests) a 3 foot drop and retaining wall for the drive through. In & Out will not be open any longer than the current tenants in the shopping center, in fact their hours are shorter.
The In & Out is set to be in between the driveways off of Genesee (northbound) and not off of the corner of Balboa & Genesee. Actually the corner is planned to be similar to the redeveloped corner of Balboa and Clairemont Drive where the Starbucks went in. There is outdoor seating and water feature in addition to several food establishments. This project also adds additional pedestrian walk ways, trees and energy efficient lights. The whole center will be getting a facelift.
The reason the Clairemont Planning Committee had the 15-0 vote is because they had to vote with the majority of the attendees at the meeting and the majority was against this development. That is why the Planning Committee has agreed to host this development group again this Tuesday. Regardless, the Clairemont Planning Committee and Town Council doesn't have the final say, it is the City Council that does. It just helps to have support at the planning group meetings.
I am FOR this project because, it will beautify our neighborhood, using energy efficient projects, it will strengthen our community with jobs in return helping our economy and lastly, our community has been waiting for developers to come in and make these changes, the development company has gone over and beyond and lastly, they have also assured the current residents they would not be forced out once the redevelopment is completed. To me that shows integrity and dedication to our community.