The Urban Discovery School, currently located in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood just north of downtown San Diego, is proposing a move to a new location in downtown’s East Village. The project involves some welcome adaptive reuse and will allow the school to grow to 450 students. The school’s is nearing the end of its term at its current location. The new site is owned by the San Diego Community College District. Urban Discovery School has negotiated a 99 year lease which will go to the College District Board for approval on April 17, 2014. The site is the block bounded by 13th & 14th Avenues and E & F Streets, near the planned Village Green park. The Civic San Diego staff report summarizes the project as follows:
REQUESTED ACTION: That the Civic San Diego (“Civic SD) Design Review Subcommittee of the Real Estate Committee (“Subcommittee”) receives a presentation on the Design Review and Centre City Development Permit/Planned Development Permit/Neighborhood Use Permit (CCDP/PDP/NUP) No. 2014-07 for the Urban Discovery Academy Project (“Project”).
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: That the Subcommittee recommends that CivicSD grants Design Review approval and approves CCDP/PDP/NUP No. 2014-07 for the construction of the Project.
SUMMARY: 14th Street Partners (“Applicant”) is requesting approval of CCDP/PDP/NUP No. 2014-07 for the following:
The CCDP for the construction of: 1) a two-story (approximately 37-foot tall), 16,000 square-foot charter school building; and, 2) a four-story (approximately 52-foot high) , mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and six residential units;
The NUP for the reinstatement of previously conforming educational uses on the site to allow a 36,000 square-foot K-8 charter school within the new structure and an existing 20,000 square-foot building within a Neighborhood Center; and,
The PDP for deviations from the Centre City Planned District Ordinance (CCPDO) development standards for: Minimum Floor Area Ratio (FAR), Minimum Streetwall Height; Minimum Frontage for Active Commercial Uses along a Main Street; Driveway Location on a Main Street; Parking for Residential Uses; and, enclosed and below-grade parking requirements.
FISCAL CONSIDERATIONS: None.
ECONOMIC IMPACTS: None with this action.
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