SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego City Council approved a proposal Monday afternoon for a Mission Beach condominium development amid protests from opponents.
The project, called Mission Beach Residences, proposes the construction of 63 condominium units in Mission Beach on the site of the abandoned Mission Beach Elementary School. The development will include a mix of duplexes, triplexes and quadraplexes, as well as a park. The developer says he has been working with the community for the past 3 years to address concerns.
"It's going to be a beautiful project. And the park is beautifully located. It's going to be an interactive park. It's going to be fun and the architecture will be fun," said Chris McKellar, President of McKellar Developments.
Local resident Mark Usselman's family owns a building not far from the Mission Beach project and he says he is in favor of the residential development, believing the new property will improve the community.
"It's going to be a great, great addition to the community and I think people will be surprised," said Mark.
However, many community residents are concerned about amending the community plan for the condos, the traffic, and parking and whether the condos fit into the character of their community.
"We are not against developing this property, but we want responsible development that follows our construction regulations," said Deborah Watkins, Mission Beach Precise Planning Board.
After nearly four hours of debate and public comment, the city council approved the residential development, but opponents say they will continue to fight the plan.
The developer says the next plan is to get Coastal Commission approval. They say if things go smoothly with the Coastal Commission, they can break ground in 8 months.
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San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during Monday's eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
People across the country are getting ready to view an historic solar eclipse. News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow headed to a small town in Wyoming to view it and brings us the story.
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