Future of indoor sky diving center up-in-the-air

Supposed to be a one-stop-shop for homeless

It was supposed to be the next big thing in the East Village. An indoor sky diving center with fancy wind tunnels. Before long, the concept took a dive. The place never really caught and went out of business.

That’s when the City of San Diego stepped-in, and laid down $7-million dollars to take it over. The concept was well intended and clearly needed. They wanted a one stop shop for homeless services. The execution leaves a lot to be desired. “I thought this was supposed to be helping us out here. They keep promising a place to get help, I haven’t seen it”, says Roderick Bradely, formerly homeless.

After a nice summer break under their belts, city leaders are back at city hall and still dealing with the issues of the homeless. They approved a deal to spend $8.5-million to keep three homeless tents open. But they delayed a vote on the *indoor sky diving* center.

Insiders at city hall say there is more work to be done before taking the plunge. “If it’s not working, we could look at expanding to other parts of town. But we own the building and we’re going to try, If not, we could always sell it”, says Council Member Scott Sherman. While $7-million sounds like a lot of money, and it is, at this stage the building is worth more than that. Some say it’s worth at least $10-million. At the very least, San Diego taxpayers should not lose money on it.

 

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