Project will advance to City Council
Story and photos by Janis Russell
Photo, left: Sherm Harmer, Urban Housing Partners
May 21, 2015 (La Mesa)- At yesterday’s meeting, the La Mesa Planning Commission voted to deny approval of a revised Park Station plan because of its inconsistency with the general plan and community objectives. The vote was 4-2 with Commissioner Dexter Levy absent. Next up, the City Council will be asked to decide Park Station’s fate.
This was the developer’s third attempt to win approval. The plan had been dramatically scaled down from 190 feet in height originally proposed to a maximum of 75 feet in the latest proposal, though still far over the 46 feet height limit citywide and double the allowable density. The latest plan increased density and added a hotel, but reduced parking. A controversial aspect has been the developer’s effort to get approval of a specific plan solely for Park Station so that zoning requirements of the historic downtown district and other areas in La Mesa would not apply. It would have included a “by right” ability to make future changes without city approval, or what critics referred to as a “blank check.”