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LA MESA -- In most cases, informational presentations at City Council meetings are inside baseball, the sort of detailed analyses of public issues that only the government-obsessed will enjoy.
However, at tonight's City Council meeting, two items in particular will be speaking directly to the heart of the city's future.
Stephen Cushman, whose family assumed control of the Grossmont Center property again recently, will address the council on plans for the center.
The redevelopment of Grossmont Center, long the source of worry and rumor, could have a great impact on the city's ability to maintain services and build toward the future. The revenue generated at Grossmont for the city is a key source of funds for city services. A redevelopment plan that preserves or grows that revenue is important to the city's future.
Also on the City Council agenda is a sort of bureaucratic sounding item relating to what is referred to as "in-lieu parking" fees for non-residential development in the La Mesa Village area.
Behind the details, passage of that plan will make it much easier for a developer to propose plans for more effective use of some of the downtown property.
Currently, parking requirements for many developments, keep developers from building because there isn't enough space on the parcels to supply the number of parking spaces current codes recommend.
The "in-lieu" process would allow a developer to contribute to a fund that would, when the demand requires it, help build a parking structure that would add to the Village's parking capacity, but not necessarily on the parcel being developed.
Such in-lieu programs have allowed more intense use of some properties and spurred redevelopment. There are a number of properties along La Mesa Boulevard and Spring Street that could handle larger developments if the parking challenge could be handled in this manner.
The council meets at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers on Allison Avenue.
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