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.
One person was killed Monday morning when a motorcyclist and tanker truck collided near Naval Base San Diego, authorities said.
Guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins will depart San Diego for deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Monday.
Transportation officials Monday celebrate the completion of $28 million in improvements to the Oceanside Transit Center that they say will make holiday travel much smoother in the region.
Border patrol agents are still investigating Monday after a dangerous smuggling attempt off the La Jolla coast turned deadly Saturday night.
The sea of pink continued Sunday with 2,200 people marching in the name of breast cancer research funding on the third - and final - day of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day.
Five people beat to unconscious a 37-year-old man and then took his cell phone at the Horton Plaza in San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
A non-injury fire Sunday completely destroyed one unit and damaged another in a Rancho Penasquitos apartment complex, displacing two families.
Pancho Segura, who rose from poverty to win six U.S. Pro singles and doubles championships and was one of the world's top amateur players in the 1940s and professionals in the 1950s, has died. He was 96.