San Diego’s downtown Armed Services YMCA Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. According to a 2007 City Historical Resources Board report, “the designation (on the National Register) of the San Diego Armed Services YMCA was based on its significant community history and its architectural significance as an excellent example of Italian Renaissance style architecture, designed by Master Architect Lincoln Rogers.” Nevertheless, the operator of the building’s hotel, 500 West Broadway, LP, is pursuing the right to demolish it for a ‘higher and better use.’ They have an option to purchase the building but are in bankruptcy. They are arguing to the Court that the only way they can be profitable is to buy the building and demolish it. In order to do this, the Court must release them from their commitment to the City’s Redevelopment Agency, which was made in connection with affordable housing funds they received.
About Bill Adams
Bill Adams is the founder and chief editor of UrbDeZine. He is also a partner in the San Diego law firm of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. He has been involved with land use and urban renewal for nearly 25 years, both as a professional and as a personal passion. He currently sits on the boards or committees of ,The Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative, San Diego Historic Streetcars, The Food and Beverage Association of San Diego County, and the Heal the Gash Committee (reconnecting communities divided by freeways).