Del Mar sued over proposed civic center's environmental report.
By Edward Sifuentes | July 26, 2016
MAR — A Del Mar homeowner is suing the city over the environmental
report on its proposed downtown civic center, alleging the
study is flawed and needs to be revised.
city is in the process of demolishing the outdated City Hall
at 1050 Camino Del Mar to make way for a new $18 million complex
that would include a multipurpose town hall building, an administrative
building and a civic plaza.
lawsuit was filed in February by Steven Mack, who owns a home
across the street from City Hall. The suit says the city plans
to allow the civic center to be used for public and private
functions, but the environmental report did not address how
those events would affect nearby residents or how the city
would mitigate impacts such as noise and traffic. Environmental
reports are required by state law to identify and address
any potential problems caused by a development.
officials were not available for comment Monday and Tuesday,
but in court documents they denied the allegations.
DeLano, an attorney representing Mack, said his client doesnt
want to disrupt construction of the new complex, but he wants
some checks on how it will operate. For instance, he said,
Mack wants events limited to between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., with
no more than 250 attendees. There should also be lighting,
traffic and noise control plans.
city acknowledged there could be weddings, events, performances
outdoors using amplified sound equipment, with no limits on
the number of people, the number of cars, or the type of sound
equipment, DeLano said. Thats like bringing
a small outdoor concert into a residential neighborhood.
suit also points out that the city is setting aside several
areas which total over 11,000 square feet of space
within the 1.5-acre property for future development,
but doesnt provide any information on what those uses
said in the environmental report that any future development
on the property would have to undergo its own design review
and environmental analysis. City officials have floated the
idea of building a cafe or a restaurant or some other commercial
development on those areas.
said the state environmental regulations require that the
city provide some analysis of those future uses.
City Council unanimously voted in January to approved the
environmental report prepared by San Diego-based Recon Environmental
said his client and city officials tried to negotiate an agreement
but those talks failed.
Mar had been talking for years about how to replace its nearly
60-year-old City Hall. A former schoolhouse built in 1956,
the building is about 9,200 square feet, but nearly half of
it is limited to storage due to safety concerns. Demolition
began on the old building last month and construction of the
new facility is scheduled to begin in October.
the work, a temporary City Hall has been created at the South
Fair complex at 2010 Jimmy Durante Boulevard.
Civic Center complex will feature a 3,200-square-foot town
hall on the southwest corner of the existing City Hall property
on Camino Del Mar.
the town hall, a separate 9,250-square-foot administrative
building would house city offices and workers and a 15,000-square-foot
civic plaza would provide open space for community activities.
complex will sit on top of an underground, two-level parking
garage with about 160 spots, covering the eastern two thirds
of the property along Camino Del Mar between Tenth and Eleventh
status hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for October.