By San Diego 6
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego City Council on Monday approved a project to construct 85 affordable apartments adjacent to the historic Mission Brewery building at the foot of Mission Hills. The City Council voted 6-2 to approve the Mission Brewery Villas project.
The three-story building will be located on what is now a parking lot along Hancock Street, between Washington, Kurtz and Sutherland streets, just west of Interstate 5 and east of Pacific Highway.
Councilwomen Marti Emerald and Donna Frye cast the dissenting votes. They opposed the project because of its location right next to major freeways, industrial sites and a train corridor.
Others expressed concern about the potential overlap from the possible relocation of airport terminals and a proposed transit hub. “I just don’t think this is a good location for a family neighborhood,” Emerald said. But City Council President Ben Hueso said the project was consistent with the community plan, was located adjacent to public transportation and incorporates San Diego’s “smart-growth” philosophy. “This is the way we will be able to provide for a greener future, making sure that people use mass transit more and vehicles less,” he said.