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Homes to take over harbor hill lots

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Home build start ups in La Playa on the Pt. Loma Peninsula have filled the block lots with standing living floors. After a December decision by the Peninsula Community Planning Group, two more homes will stand on a hill on Harbor View Drive.

Two local homes on the acreage west of Rosecrans Street, near the Shelter ISland Harbor, will lose their open field lots in back. The San Diego city cuncil's late APril decision to allow a typical large lot subdivision to make room for new construction in La Playa ends the period hill land was preserved.

Construction work on grading the lots, and putting in underground utility lines, will strip the natural landcover. Over a quarter acre of local coastal sage scrub on the top of the hill will get stamped out by the ongoing La Playa development. AN okay on the subdivision construction was given after the developer agreed to pay the city to cover the damage done to the landscape that handles storm water runoff.

The developer plans to build stepped down homes on the hill to minimize the lowering onthe hill landscape. Both homes will have garages, living areas, and an outdoor deck on the main flat stood on the hill, and a lower level underneath.

Development densities in the Peninsula Community Plan still open up opportunities to fill in harbor land.

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