City Council to receive overview of plans for Ash St. office building

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego City Coucil’s Infrastructure Committee will Wednesday receive an overview of plans for the city-leased 101 Ash Street office building, which is projected to costs tens of millions of dollars more than expected to renovate.

The building is intended to accommodate city employees currently working in rental spaces.

The city signed a 20-year lease-to-own agreement for the former Sempra Energy building in 2016; at that time officials planned to renovate five floors for around $5 million, then begin moving employees into the building last July.

San Diego taxpayers have been paying almost $18,000 a day to rent the office building.

Following council approval, city staff began working with planners and determined all 19 floors of the building should be renovated to increase the number of work stations from 800 to 1,150. Renovations are now projected to cost $27 million, and the building remains empty while the project is on hold.

City officials today will discuss possible next steps for the building, financing and how current plans could provide an estimated $40.4 million in savings over a 20-year span.

The presentation is informational; it doesn’t require committee action.

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