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North Park Community Plan update nears finish line

The update will replace the 1986 Greater North Park Community Plan, which was preceded by the 1970 Park North-East Community Plan and the 1969 North Park Commercial Area Plan.

Uptown Planners enter into 'twilight zone'

The changes would encourage higher density along major transportation corridors in Uptown, which city planners have designated as Park Boulevard, Washington Street, University Avenue, and Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets.

Five donation meters coming to Hillcrest

The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) voted Tuesday night to sign an agreement with IPS Group in Pennsylvania to provide the donation meters, which look exactly like parking meters except they are painted red.

Hillcrest Town Council opposes televangelist’s project

After a lively discussion about the proposed Morris Cerullo International Legacy Center in Mission Valley, the Hillcrest Town Council on Tuesday night voted 25-1, with two residents abstaining, to author a letter of opposition to the massive multi-use project.

Smart & Final Extra! concept explained

Marisol Marks, the director of publicity for the Smart & Final company which is based in Commerce, California, explained that the North Park location would be a Smart & Final Extra! — a more upscale version of their traditional warehouse store.

Balboa Park rec centers widely opposed

The city’s long-range plans to build two modern recreation centers on the west mesa of Balboa Park along Sixth Avenue — to replace two decrepit facilities — is drawing fierce opposition from stakeholders including park preservationists, community groups and Bankers Hill residents.

North Park forum to tackle homeless issue

The North Park Community Association will present a “Forum on Homelessness — A Collective Impact” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Lafayette Hotel, located at 2223 El Cajon Blvd.

Target opens mini store in South Park

Crowds of shoppers and curious neighbors descended upon a Target mini store that had its soft opening on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

North Park: Put us in one police division

A common complaint among North Park residents is that the neighborhood is split between two police divisions, and some folks during a time of need are confused about which station to call.

TargetExpress in South Park to open Oct. 7

The TargetExpress has generated mixed emotions among South Park residents, dividing the community between those who support the retail business locating in the vintage 1960s Safeway building and those who oppose “Corporate America” intruding upon “Main Street” mom-and-pop stores.