Monthly Archives: March 2012

Plaza de Panama Project Update

By Mary Anne Stevens

The April UHCA meeting will be a follow up to our February general meeting regarding the Balboa Park Plaza de Panama Project. This project will modify the central core of the park to allow only pedestrian traffic, which will cause car traffic to be diverted to surrounding streets and communities. This project was discussed vigorously at our February meeting with both the design team and SOHO presenting their views of the current plan.

On January 19, a Superior Court judge required additional environmental analysis, a consideration of alternative projects and the gathering of meaningful public input before the project could continue. Also the City’s Development Services Department released a Draft Environmental Impact Report on January 23, which concluded that the proposed project would have six “significant environmental” impacts including noise, historical resources and traffic/ circulation. (To learn more before our meeting, the EIR is available at

Come and hear the project’s manager and a member of the design team provide an update on the status of this project. This is another opportunity for you to know more about the proposed project and what it potentially means for the surrounding communities, including University Heights. Come and give your input.

Pedestrian Improvements on West Side of Texas Street

As part of the transportation mitigation requirements for the Civita development in Mission Valley, Quarry Falls LLC will be installing a retaining wall, new sidewalk, historic-style single-acorn pedestrian lights, low-maintenance and low water landscaping and other improvements on the west side of Texas St. between Camino del Rio South and Madison Ave

The project began last week and will require daytime lane closures on the southbound side of Texas St., between Camino del Rio South and Madison Ave, to accommodate the work over the next several months. Texas St. will remain open to two-way traffic during this period, with just the one west-side lane closed only during the day for construction. All work is taking place in the public right of way. No private property will be impacted by these improvements.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact:
Matt Adams (Construction Manager, DEV-COM LLC)  Ph: 951-296-8103
Anthony Bernal (Councilmember Gloria’s office) Ph: 619-236-6633
Dionne Carlson (North Park Planning) Ph: 619-584-2496; Cell: 619.252.2496