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Hillcrest Pride Flag on track for installation by July

SAN DIEGO -- The first step in the installation of the Hillcrest Pride Flag began today.

Workers from the Southern California Soil & Testing, Inc. performed core testing this morning to prepare a geotechnical report in advance of construction.

The project was approved by the San Diego City Council on May 15 after organizers went through a city approval process that took several months to complete. Part of the application procedures included sharing the project details with community groups, including the Hillcrest Town Council, Uptown Planners and the City of San Diego's Planning Commission.

The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) has taken the lead on the project, and has agreed to be the organization that is responsible for the construction, with San Diego Pride taking care of the maintenance and upkeep of the flagpole. The project will be funded completely by private donations, some of which will come from the upcoming Amazing High Heel Race fundraiser.

Organizers hope to have the flag pole installed in time for San Diego LGBT Pride weekend, when the annual Spirit of Stonewall Rally will be held at the site.

Benjamin Nicholls, executive director of HBA, said he is pleased with the the timing of the project.

“This is the exciting first step of the Pride Flag Project," Nicholls told SDGLN. "There are a number of other steps that need to take place fairly quickly and we are confident that our Pride flag will fly come this July."

The flagpole will be located on the median at Normal Street where it intersects with University Avenue.

To read SDGLN's ongoing coverage of this civic project, click HERE.