Coastal Commission staff rejects Convention Center expansion plan

Coastal Commission staff rejects Convention Center expansion plan

SAN DIEGO — California Coastal Commission staff Friday recommended commission members vote against the proposed San Diego Convention Center expansion next month.

San-Diego-Convention-CenterCommission staff said the expansion would result in “significant impacts to views, visual quality and coastal recreation through the substantial loss of already limited waterfront area and open space.”

Construction would also impact the existing accessway and lead to the sense that the shoreline was part of the convention center, they said.

Despite the negative recommendation, Port of San Diego officials said they would remain committed to the expansion, and their project team would continue working with Coastal Commission staff to address their concerns.

“This project is highly deserving of California Coastal Commission approval,” Port Commissioners Chair Ann Moore said.

“The Convention Center Expansion will enhance access to the waterfront and add a signature five-acre rooftop park for visitors to enjoy, while creating thousands of jobs and boosting…

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