Friday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed Robert Robinson to the CivicSD Board of Directors at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Hilltop Drive in Encanto. During his term in office, the new board member will work on revitalizing southeast San Diego.
District 4 Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, and CivicSD leader Jeff Gattas, joined Faulconer in Encanto for the appointment.
The district in the southeast has been a district redevelopment plans the city's agencies prepared often were held up. Revitalizing the communities vacant lots commonly take up street block space is a priority in the Mayor's One San DIego plan. Redevelopment projects left incomplete after the Redevelopment Agency dissolved left the communities behind on development goals former district councilman Tony Young worked on while in the city council office.
Plans to build up business and make the local economy grow will need support at Civic San DIego if the Mayor is to succeed in his southeast revitalization plans. Guaranteed low income housing opportunities, and friendly neighborhood parks, have not been easy to add to the communities many locals live left out of the employment market. The new Civic San DIego board appointment is one step towards moving ahead on city plans to make the southeast grow.
Faulconer, when he won the Mayor's seat, said he was not going to settle for inferior development in the south half of San Diego.
Scaling up the city's productive work on development in the south to fall in line with city work that has converted full block streetscapes and business front lines in the north will not go slow. The Mayor's office and the city council will have to agree on major land conversions in the southeast that cost millions in city investment dollars.
Civic San Diego, the City Hall's partner for revitalizing urban neighborhoods, invests in dvelopment projects in areas property values stay low and work opportunities stay troubling to replace poorly developed, and undeveloped, blocks with neighborhood living and business centers. Agreements between Robert Robinson and the Mayor will step up the development work done in District 4. Development at the heart of the southeast One San Diego plan.
The development board recently, in July, secured funding for a park plan that had been held up. A state proposition bond funding grant from the California Strategic Growth Council built up funding for building an over 2 acre Southcrest Trails Park to over 2 million dollars. The city will build a park with picnic tables and an exercise trail in a Southcrest community area city councilwoman Marti Emerald said "has been lacking safe and usable park space for too long." The state urban greening grant funds a city plan to expand green space inthe southeast.
Robert Robinson's appointment to the board will end in May, 2015.
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