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City of San Diego project manager applies for permit to demolish, replace Ocean Beach Pier

Notice of Application to demolish and rebuild OB Pier
Posted at 8:25 AM, Jan 16, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-16 20:10:51-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- There's new buzz around Ocean Beach on Tuesday as a piece of paper now hangs on the gates to the closed OB Pier.

The City of San Diego has posted a notice of an application for the nearly 60-year-old historic landmark to be demolished.

According to the notice, San Diego City Project Manager Delfa Genova applied for a permit that would allow for the pier to be torn down and eventually replaced.

"It's a notice that the city is filing a site. So that opens the door for them, if they get this permit to continue on this path," said Denny Knox, OB Pier Renewal Task Force member.

Knox has lived in Ocean Beach since 1966. That's the year the pier opened.

She now runs the Ocean Beach Main Street Association

"Once you hit the halfway mark and you're out there, you feel like you're in a different place- just really free out there," she explained.

She said the task force will meet before the end of January.

"That was already scheduled. I don't know if there will be a change of direction or acceleration," said Knox.

Knox said there are still lots of steps leaders need to go through.

The notice comes as King Tides in recent weeks have shown no mercy on the pier, taking out a support pillar and damaging more railings.

When ABC 10News last spoke with the City Spokesperson Jose Ysea said the city would be assessing the recent storm damages in February.

However, the city's long-term solution has been a pier renewal project. The application could be the first step towards that process.

Ysea said, "The pier, according to studies, has already exceeded its life expectancy."

The application for a permit to demolish and rebuild the pier will still have to go before the City Planning Group for approval.

No public hearing date has been set yet.

ABC 10News reached out to the city for comment on the notice and are still waiting to hear back as of Tuesday morning.

The pier, which has been closed since October, has sustained serious damage and has been frequently closed to the public over the past several years. The city has spent over $1 million on pier repairs during that time.