SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council Tuesday approved a financing package for a 225-bed downtown homeless shelter that could open by the end of 2012.
The Connections Housing project will convert the 12-story World Trade Center Building on A Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues into a shelter with space for a medical clinic and social service providers.
The 83-year-old building, which used to be the home of the San Diego Athletic Club, houses offices for city workers.
About half the $32.3 million cost for converting the building will come from the city's Redevelopment Agency, and the San Diego Housing Commission will pay in $2 million, according to Jeff Graham, vice president of redevelopment for the Centre City Development Corp. Officials will apply for federal tax credits to raise the rest of the money, he said..
"This is the most important project in downtown," City Councilman Todd Gloria said.
City officials hope the project will stop the annual drawn-out search for a place to put a cold-weather shelter, open this year at 1625 Newton Ave..
That shelter serves about 220 people per day, with an average of about 15 turned away daily, but is slated to be converted into a school, according to the San Diego Housing Commission.
Graham said six other projects are in the pipeline to provide beds for those living on the streets in San Diego County, of which there are nearly 4,800, according to the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
The Connections Housing project will return to the City Council next week for approvals of permits and other land use issues. If all goes well, construction could be finished by December 2012 -- and maybe earlier, Graham said.
Cal Fire firefighters are working to knock down a vegetation fire, dubbed the Lost Fire, off Lost Valley Road near Warner Springs.
Signs warning of shark in the area of Silver Strand State Beach have been posted following a report of a shark sighting Saturday morning.
A ticket with five numbers in Friday's drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery, but missing the Mega number, was sold at a CVS pharmacy in Chula Vista and is worth $1,502,885.
Pop Culture Hero Coalition created the first-ever outreach against bullying at a Comic-Con in 2013, and has since participated in over 30 conventions. The group is hosting an anti-bullying panel at Comic-Con Day 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 28DE.
A young father detained by immigration officials and facing deportation was freed Friday, and a protest planned for Fallbrook Saturday will instead be turned into a celebration, community leaders said.
Civil rights leader John Lewis led a march through Comic-Con on Saturday. About 1,000 people joined the Georgia Democrat on a march through the crowded San Diego Convention Center following a panel discussion of about his trilogy of graphic novels, "March."
Politicians will join celebrities at Comic-Con International Saturday in San Diego as the annual celebration of the popular arts enters its third day at the convention center.