Mayor orders halt to Point Loma duplex construction

POINT LOMA (KUSI) — A major development emerged Tuesday involving a four-story duplex project in Point Loma that has outraged both residents and city officials, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

The project has been shut down at the request of the mayor.

The framing is up, heavy equipment has been moving dirt at the corner lot, but as of mid-afternoon on Tuesday, everything came to a halt.

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Since last week, Point Loma residents have been angered over the four-story, two family duplex being built at the corner of Emerson and Evergreen. It’s a neighborhood of mostly one and two-story single family homes.

Why hasn’t the Prop D coastal zone height restriction of 30-feet been enforce? Why did the city allow the project to bypass the Peninsula Community Planning Board during the approval process?

The City Development Services said the project’s approval permit says it’s a three-story building, not four and the height is within one foot of the maximum per Prop D.

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KUSI’s Ed Lenderman asked the mayor how there could be such a difference of opinion between his office and the development services.

"As somebody whose a strong supporter of coastal zone height limit, I want to make sure all rules have been followed and if not changes have to be made," Mayor Faulconer said.

A spokesperson from Pacific Enterprise Builders said the current above-ground parking garage is going to be buried with earth. Hence, it’s a three-story project, not four.

"I think it’s clear to anybody whose seen it. It’s not compatible with the neighborhood. It’s different were all applicable logical codes followed and the city’s going to be making that determination," Mayor Faulconer said.

District Two Councilmember Lori Zapf, who met with residents last Friday, has asked the city attorney to investigate as well.

By the way, Pacific Enterprise Builders was adamant last week that the developer Matthew Bratz not be contacted by KUSI for comment.

The builder also said projects like that duplex are slated for the neighborhood. There is other building going on nearby as well.

The mayor said he’s asked City Development Services to look at everything happening in the Roseville neighborhood of Point Loma. 

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