LA MESA – The Park Station project proposed for downtown La Mesa continues to cook slowly through the oversight processes of city government.

City officials said the Environmental Impact Report being prepared on the project got off to a slow start because construction delays on the new police station project (lots of rain) has slowed the process of finishing the road improvements along Baltimore and University.

City officials don’t want to do the traffic study – one of the key measurements of the impact study – before traffic resembles what will be normal for the reconstituted roadways.

“The traffic measurements are really one of the most important elements,’’ said Bill Chopyk, the city’s guru of community development. “With all the rain we haven’t finished that as quickly as we wanted.’’

Chopyk said he now estimates the first draft of the Environmental Impact study won’t be finished until late this year, which will clearly push any City Council public hearings and any possible action well into 2011 at the earliest.

The project, broadly described as a mixed use, commercial and residential project, caused a stir locally when owners of the property along Baltimore near University said they wanted to permission for residential towers that could reach 18 stories, well above the current five story limit.

The project’s development team has kept a pretty low profile since residents crowded an early Environmental study “scoping meeting’’ to begin raising questions about the scale of the project.

Chopyk said there is little a developer can do at this point except to await the report and see how the environmental issues raised during the study impact their plans and a project’s viability.<p>

Recently, the property's owner conducted a Q&A with the Union-Tribune. You can see that story here:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/mar/11/q-joseph-kitzman-la-...

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Tags: Bill Chopyk, City of La Mesa, Environmental Impact Report, La Mesa Park Station Project, Park Station

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Comment by Patrick Dean on March 11, 2010 at 1:00am
Glad for the rain. I'm happy to slow this process down a bit. Shouldn't they wait until the police station is open before they gauge the traffic? I'm certainly no expert, just sayin'. I'm also not against this project at this point. We need smart growth and population density is order to move towards a sustainable city, so this seems like a good opportunity. The environmental aspects to the plan seem rather paltry (given the severity of the climate crisis facing us) and the open spaces rather minimal. Maybe a bit of community activism could push this project in the right direction.

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