March 12, 2012, Keighan Christenson and Scott Irwin were invited to
meet with representatives from the city of San Diego regarding the
construction of a community bicycle park. Our notes from the meeting are
- Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer
- Victoria Joes - Policy advisor for the mayor of San Diego
- Stacey LoMedico - Director of the San Diego Park and Recreation Department
- Michael Patton - from Kevin Faulconer’s office - representative for the Midway/North Bay/OB/Point Loma area
- Debbie Rhuan - Senior Vice President of Real Estate for the San Diego Housing Commission (owner of Site 22)
- Keighan Christenson
- Scott Irwin
San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) purchased Site 22 (the area at the
corner of Famosa and Nimitz Blvd.) from the city of San Diego years ago.
The land was purchased with the intent of developing low income housing
on the location. Development has not occurred due to lack of funds and
1981 the community plan for the city of San Diego was editing to
include wording that specified Site 22 was to be used for the
development of low income housing. Development of a community bicycle
park at this location would require working with the City Planner to modify the community plan to
include wording stating the land should be used for the development of a
park. The City Planner would make this change based upon input from community
groups such as the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB).
- Christenson and Irwin shared our community park proposal with the group.
and LoMedico expressed their support for the proposal. Faulconer
supported the idea of incorporating a community garden into the park
design. Faulconer mentioned his office has received letters from
community members in support of the community bicycle park proposal.
said the Park and & Recreation Department (Park & Rec.) has a
process for identifying the purpose/focus for new parks in San Diego.
This includes collecting input from the community regarding the types of
activities to be included (riding bikes, frisbee golf, walking dogs,
said the SDHC is not interested in using the land for the development
of a community bicycle park. They do not want to be responsible for the
said Park & Rec. wants to expand the number of parks available to
our community but they are not interested in entering into a temporary
agreement with the SDHC for the purpose of developing a community
bicycle park. Park & Rec.wants to own the land before they invest in
the development of a park.
offered to sell the land to the city for the current market value rate.
The current market value rate is unknown. Rhuan shared the steps
necessary to transfer ownership of the land from the SDHC to the city.
is willing to trade Site 22 to the city for another piece of land for
equal value. The group was interested in exploring this idea and
discussed a couple of potential options.
stated the SDHC does not support bicycle riding on their land, that
they will be posting additional “no tresspassing” signs, and requested
we do not ride our bicycles at the location.
and Irwin proposed a “grass roots approach” to the design,
construction, and maintenance of the proposed community park. See p.2 of our proposal for details.
They shared our efforts in making contact with various community groups
including the PCPB for the purpose of sharing the proposal and
reaffirmed his support for the development of a community bicycle park
at Site 22 and asked the group to continue working towards this goal.
asked the SDHC to appraise Site 22 for the purpose of identifying
market value. Rhuan said this will take one to two months but they will
fast-track the process.
- Faulconer asked the group to identify other city real estate holdings that could potentially be used in a trade with the SDHC.
and Irwin will contact the Peninsula Community Planning Board regarding
being added to the April meeting agenda. Christenson and Irwin will
contact LoMedico once the item has been added to ensure city staff is
present. Share Faulconer’s support for a bicycle component to the
community park when meeting with community groups.
PCPB support is obtained, work with City Planner to change community
plan from affordable housing to community bicycle park.
- The group will meet again once the appraisal process is complete to discuss the status of the project. Aprox. two months.