Group says housing development crosses the line

Posted at 8:30 AM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 11:39:47-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Right now, many families across San Diego are being squeezed by the rising cost of housing.

Even though there aren't enough homes to meet the demand, some say a new plan to build more than 20 houses in the Del Cerro area crosses a dangerous line.

At first, Robin Kastner sounds like she could be part of any neighborhood group, fighting a housing development proposed right behind her house.

"The noise, the traffic, the building, the construction," she said.

All of those could become her reality if the city approves 24 new homes on a lot between San Diego State University and Del Cerro, just north of Interstate 8.

It's a location Kastner said changes everything.

She said the biggest concern is how residents would get in and out of the complex. Residents can only make a right turn out of the complex, as there's a raised median blocking any left turns. U-turns are illegal at the next intersection.

"I'm not even sure where exactly the safest legal U-turn is going north, but probably close to a mile, turn around and then come back," Kastner said.

She said that could be dangerous with both an elementary school and a place where seniors get together nearby.

Seth Dorros with developer Colrich said the company did a traffic study and found a minimal impact. He added this is not the first right-turn only entry and exit Colrich has done. Dorros said the homes could start from the high $600,000s.

A city spokesman said all traffic issues had been resolved. The proposal next goes to the Navajo Community Planning Group later this month.

Kastner said she's still going to fight.

"Families are probably not going to want to live in an area that's this noisy and that creates this kind of traffic and safety issues," she said.

With San Diego's deep housing crunch, she may be surprised at how many line up right behind her house.