SAN DIEGO, California -- Uptown Planners, facing a tight November deadline to complete public comments on the update draft of the Uptown Community Plan that will guide development over the next 25 years, have tackled two more key elements of the document.
The group, which advises city planners from the grassroots level, edited the “Economic Prosperity” and “Historic Preservation” elements at a public meeting Aug. 19 in the Guild Room at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Bankers Hill. More than a dozen residents also attended the session, which lasted more than two hours, and many of them offered suggestions on improving the document.
The “Historic Preservation” debate generated the most comments, with historic preservation allies butting heads with the business community and a local architect who argues that Hillcrest, in particular, has no need for a historic district.
Representatives from Mission Hills Heritage and Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) joined Ann Garwood and Nancy Moors with the Hillcrest History Guild in urging planners to preserve historical structures in the sprawling Uptown district that includes Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills and the eastern portion of University Heights.