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State of the Stadium, Part 3

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - Next week the city council is scheduled to vote on a measure that will affect the future of downtown. It could impact everything from securing parks to building affordable housing.

The vote could also determine the fate of a proposed multi-purpose sports complex just two blocks east of Petco Park.

So how do downtown businesses and residents feel about the proposed development? Larry Himmel brings us the latest in his State of the Stadium report.

If voters ever approve building a football stadium on the current proposed site downtown, it will be a boutique ballpark.

"The building part of the site is about 10 acres, which would make it the smallest site in the NFL," Chargers counsel Mark Fabiani said.

That raises some concerns for downtown resident and attorney Robin Munro.

"I would like to see it be more than a football stadium. A football stadium is used 10 days out of the year, but if it's a facility that could accommodate other sporting events or concerts, maybe put a cover on it to have more versatility -- I think that would be fantastic.

Downtown movers and shakers like Sherman Harmer agree.

"Downtown businessmen and residents are not looking at this as a stadium for football. They're looking at it as a multi-purpose sports field," Harmer said.

A downtown multi-purpose sports facility could eventually free up city-owned land around Qualcomm Stadium.

"Mission Valley is the most unfacilitated area that you can imagine. It doesn't have the parks, it doesn't have the public spaces, yet it's home to tens of thousands of residents," Harmer said.

"It would be a great gift to our city to recapture the 166 acres that Qualcomm Stadium sits on

On June 22, the city council is scheduled to vote to fund a study that would increase the spending cap of CDCC, the downtown redevelopment agency. Downtown businessman Bill Keller thinks the vote is a no-brainer.

"The choice on June 22 is should we send a lot of money to Sacramento, or should we keep the money here in San Diego," Keller said.

Jason Elrod is the chairman of the Center City Advisory Committee.

"Raising the cap doesn't give us a Charger stadium, but not raising the cap removes it from being a relative possibility downtown," Elrod said.

"What we're hearing is you like the Chargers or you don't, and unfortunately this has nothing to do with the Chargers. It has to do with a multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue in an underserved area that needs revitalization," Harmer said.

The June 22 vote does have some ramifications for the Chargers.

"It's an important vote for the Chargers, because the stadium cannot be built if the redevelopment agency is out of money," Fabiani said.

Whether you are for or against building a new stadium for the Chargers, the clearest voices are coming from downtown.

"We should allow the Chargers and the city work out a deal and let the voters decide, like with the Padres," Keller said.

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