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Music Center to replace Jonathans in La Jolla

The beach at La Jolla stands as the solitary asset for constant preservation and resistance to change in the Village.
The beach at La Jolla stands as the solitary asset for constant preservation and resistance to change in the Village.
Lorraine Yapps Cohen

A music center in the middle of La Jolla Village: that’s what La Jolla is missing in the center of town. Where Jonathans, the specialty supermarket, used to be, a new music center is proposed for the downtown location.

The 7600 Fay Avenue address will house a new $40 million performing arts center, according to the Union Tribune. The La Jolla Music Society bought the property and plans fund-raising events to finance a large complex on the site. Construction will be completed by October 2017.

Residents in the area have mixed reactions to the cultural project. With Jonathans closed, villagers have only the Vons in which to shop for food.

Fay Avenue begins at the intersection with Prospect, a posh location for upscale shops and boutiques, and ends at La Jolla High School. In between, Fay Avenue houses notable nearby businesses such as Ferrari and Maserati of San Diego. Fay Avenue residents think the neighborhood is busy enough without the added construction and congestion the new music center will bring.

Like the La Jolla lady who was stripped of necessary insurance for a public plan of healthcare, La Jolla residents are stripped of the special market that supplied their meals. Necessity has yielded to extravagance in the Village.

Adding to the wonder, visitors will wonder where to park. La Jolla is not known for a plethora of parking in the Village. Parking police are relentless in their pursuit of violators, leaving parking tickets of $60 penalties or more, on cars parked mere inches over the red no-parking curb.

San Diego is a sprawling city, with cultural, academic, research, and recreational centers spread across its expanse. To jam another enlightened entertainment center in the center of congestion concentration is a plan that speaks more of idle extravagance than a village culture.