Council OK's Renovation Of Cathedral Towers

St. Paul's Cathedral Towers Will Contain 110 Condos And Various Office Space

The City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to renovate St. Paul's Cathedral north of downtown and build two mixed-use towers on adjacent land.

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The 1.76-acre property at 2728 Sixth Ave. -- across from the west side of Balboa Park -- is home to the administrative offices of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego and its primary house of worship, which was built in 1928.

The two towers will contain 110 condominium units, and 20,000 square feet of office and program space for the diocese. A 16-unit apartment complex more than 70 years old will be demolished.

The plans were rejected two months ago by the Uptown Planning Group, but members of that panel reached a compromise with the developers to make the towers shorter.

Developers selected by the diocese, who will sell the condo units, will donate to the San Diego Housing Commission's Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Councilman Todd Gloria said the arrangement will allow the commission to leverage the money to build more affordable housing units at cheaper prices than the developers could have provided on-site.

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