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Fat City Lofts loses to Solar Turbines

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We posted about Fat City Lofts a few weeks ago about a new exciting project proposed for San Diego.

On Wed. the project went to a vote because another business (Solar Turbines) was proposed for the use of the same space.

The Center City Development Corp. board, which advises the city on redevelopment issues downtown, voted 4-2 in favor of Solar with three abstentions.

Director Laurie Black, one of the two supporters of the project, announced her resignation Thursday in response. The other vote came from architect Manuel Oncina, who did not quit.

Jonathan Segal, the project architect and a partner with the developer GLJ Partners of the 232-unit apartment project opposite Solar’s site on Pacific Highway, said Thursday his team was daunted by the vote.

“I feel like we’ve been mistreated by all parties,” Segal said, but noted that the Planning Commission will have the final say. “The Planning Commission is nonpolitical. I think we will get a fair shake.”

The president of CCDC will have the final say on how the land will be used.

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