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Normal Street Promenade project approved, can finally move forward

Normal Street Promenade in Hillcrest approved by Uptown Planners.
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Even though SANDAG and The City of San Diego had already approved the Normal Street Promenade in Hillcrest, the project's future was still up in the air due to concerns from local business owners and residents as late as this week. 

Those cares were addressed at a bustling Uptown Planners meeting on Tuesday where they voted to move ahead with the plan.                        

 "San Diego is one step closer to its first transit oriented pedestrian promenade," tweeted City Councilman Chris Ward (District 3) after all was said and done. 

Executive Director of Hillcrest Business Association, Benjamin Nicholls says there are still some anxieties residents have even after the vote. 

"We need to work with business and property owners to mitigate their concerns, " he said. "And we will."

The renewal will highlight Pride Plaza and spans Normal Street from University to Lincoln Avenues.

That expanse would be totally re-developed with $1.8 million in improvements, additional parking and mobility enhancements. The new space would still be used for Hillcrest Farmer's Market, San Diego Pride and other events that use that block as a venue. 

The project is estimated to be completed by 2022.