The Mission Hills Town Council sent a letter to Councilmember Ward outlining what the MHTC Board of Trustees voted to support:
- Preserving the building as it exists and adaptively reuse for active public or business use;
- Site should provide parking for the fire station;
- A well-lit, high use building to maintain the safety of the area;
- Any proposed future development (such as business or mixed-use with ground floor retail, restaurant or office/co-working space with extended hours) should preserve the original architectural intent by maintaining the existing façade and also be compatible with the historic character of the neighborhood.
Click the image to view the letter, or you can download a PDF here.
In order to arrive at the key points outlined above, the Town Council led a discussion with members of the community, MHH and BID representatives to discuss potential uses for the site. Community members and local business owners stressed the need for an enterprise that would benefit the community and ensure a thriving public or business use in the existing space so as not to contribute to the problem of vagrancy. Height limitations and architectural integrity were also discussed.
The Board considered the possibilities for maintaining the building as a community asset (meeting spaces, community center, co-working space) noting that some functions could be subsumed by the new library and Grant School expansion. It was advised that the building requires extensive upgrades (new roof, ADA compliance, etc.) and the City of San Diego does not have funding available to perform the upgrades. The Board explored the possibility of the City selling the building or site for development, instead of maintaining the site as a community asset. MHTC agreed that if the site was developed for commercial or mixed-use, preserving the original architectural intent, with original elements and maintaining parking spots for the fire station is preferred.