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Community members offer suggestions for SDSU Mission Valley

Posted at 11:42 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 16:42:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — After getting approved by voters, San Diego State is moving forward with its SDSU Mission Valley Plan.

As they are still working out the finishing touches, community members are offering their suggestions to organizers.

SDSU Mission Valley still calls for a stadium, housing for students and the public, retail space, offices and a river park.

Local land use and design professionals met in Balboa Park this morning to offer their ideas on how to enhance and improve the existing plans.

"They want to make sure that this very large development... isn't like an island in the middle of Mission Valley," says Cary Lowe, with C3 San Diego.

Community members want to ensure the project "connects fluidly with the surrounding community."

There are other concerns, as well. Once construction begins, crews may have to remediate a gas plume that once sat under the site.

"A number of people have raised the issue of the subsurface contamination of the site," says Lowe. This has "been a long time issue because of a leak from fuel tanks in Murphy Canyon."

Lowe says there is an elaborate plan for the possible contamination removal. But as negotiations continue, it is unclear if the city or university will be paying for it.

Land use and design professionals estimate the project to begin towards the beginning of next year. The suggestions made this morning will be compiled and presented to SDSU and the city in the coming weeks.