Convention Center expansion plan approved by Coastal Commission

Convention Center expansion plan approved by Coastal Commission

fox5sandiego.com

[trib_ndn vid=25246730]SAN DIEGO — The proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center cleared its final regulatory hurdle when it was approved Thursday by the California Coastal Commission.

The decision came during the second of three days of commission meetings in Mission Valley. Commission staff had recommended that the project be denied.

Coastal Commission to vote on convention center expansionCommissioner Greg Cox, who also is a San Diego County supervisor, noted “near-unanimous” support of the project by public speakers, who represented the region’s business community, tourism industry and labor organizations.

“It is incredibly important to the entire San Diego County region that this project be allowed to move forward,” said Cox, who made the motion for approval.

He and other commissioners noted their task was not to weigh the project’s economic benefits, but rather the impact on views and access of the downtown waterfront.

Coastal Commission staffers have recommended denying the $520 million project because it may…

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