By Miriam Raftery
July 4, 2014 (La Mesa) – On the heels of the American Legion backing out of the Park Station proposal, the City of La Mesa announced today that it has cancelled a Planning Commission Public Hearing on the project’s specific plan and environmental impact report that had been slated for July 16.
The announcement issued by Bill Chopyk, Director of Community Development for La Mesa, specifically states that the hearing is cancelled “due to a change in the application and project description because the American Legion has withdrawn as a co-applicant. A new notice of public hearing will be distributed to interested parties once the specific plan and environmental documents are revised and ready for Planning Commission consideration and further public review.”
In other words, its back to the drawing board for the developer, if it wishes to salvage a proposal without the American Legion property at the corner of Baltimore and University.
An American Legion representative startled both supporters and opponents of the proposed 11-story mixed used development at a hearing in June, abruptly announcing that the American Legion had withdrawn its support, then walking out of the council chambers.
The announcement came after intense opposition from many La Mesa residents opposed to a variance from height limitations for the project. The bulk of the project's support came from persons living outside of La Mesa.