UCSD plans to start project despite lawsuit [12/26/20]
As we come to the end of 2020, things are still proceeding in the UCSD monster TDLLN project.
See the attached article and know that we are continuing with the CEQA suit to modify or stop this project.
To support this ongoing effort on behalf of our Community, please call and send your donations to La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA).
Janie Emerson, President LJSA, 619-318-1278
SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE – DECEMBER 26, 2020
UCSD Plans to Start Project Despite Lawsuit
5-building development will house 2K students; neighbors opposed sued
By Ashley Mackin-Solomon
Despite an ongoing lawsuit against the project, UC San Diego plans to begin construction on its Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood on Jan. 4, according to a notice dated Dec. 22 from the office of Eric Smith, associate vice chancellor of capital program management.
The development is planned to open in fall 2023 near La Jolla Village Drive and North Torrey Pines Road. It includes five buildings ranging from nine to 21 stories tall and is designed to house 2,000 students. It also includes a conference center, hotel rooms, classrooms, retail and a 1,200-space parking garage underneath.
“Design features include pedestrian and bicycle improvements, a significant amount of open space and outdoor gathering areas,” the notice states.
It also notes that parking availability, street traffic and pedestrian access will be affected during construction.
“Sections of Scholars Drive South and Revelle College Drive will experience reduced lane widths but will maintain two-way traffic during construction,” according to the notice. “Intermittent lane realignments and slow zones will … continue through the spring of 2021. Ridge Walk will be reduced in width during construction. Pedestrian and micromobility travel is encouraged along the alternate pathway on the east side of Galbraith Hall.”
In addition, campus parking Lots P103 and P102 will be closed starting Jan. 4. “The new Scholars parking structure at North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will open over winter break, fully replacing the spaces that will temporarily be offline until the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood parking structure is complete,” the notice states. “Additional parking is also available at the Osler parking structure located at the intersection of Gilman Drive and Osler Lane.”
The UC Board of Regents Finance and Capital Strategies Committee approved the project’s design and environmental impact mitigation in September and approved its budget, scope and external financing in November.
But in the midst of it all, La Jolla planning groups asked that construction be put on hold until the public could review the project in more depth and weigh in.
A lawsuit filed by the La Jolla Shores Association and the homeowners association of the nearby Blackhorse Farms gated community contends that the plans violate the California Environmental Quality Act.
At the time the construction notice was issued, the parties were having “meaningful discussions” intended to find middle ground and settle the case out of court, according to LJSA President Janie Emerson.
She said she was “appalled” that UCSD is moving forward with construction.
“Both parties are supposed to cease any activities relating to the issue and have meaningful conversation,” she said. “We had a good conversation at first; I have no reason to believe the university feels otherwise. But now it’s like the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.”
UCSD associate communications director Leslie Sepuka said the school was unable to comment on litigation.
Emerson said the timing of the construction announcement was “interesting,” coming during the holiday season.
She recalled that in 2017, UCSD released a draft environmental impact report for the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood in early November, putting the 45-day public comment period in the thick of the holiday period.
“There is a pattern here,” she said. “Why don’t they want to talk to the community? They are part of the community. The community existed before they got here. [UCSD] brings wonderful things, but the university is also a burden on infrastructure, climate, etc. … It affects everything around them.”
Mackin-Solomon writes for the U-T Community Press.
NYTimes.com: As Occupancy Dwindles, College Dorms Go Beyond Students [11/18/20]
Interesting timing as we go into the UC Regents discussion of UCSD’s proposed TDLLN Project this afternoon. Seems flexibility and creativity are the keys to success and survival in today’s world.
Real estate developers are seeking opportunities to buy student housing from strapped universities and convert them into apartments for white-collar workers:
Letter from LJSA to UC Regents re errors in September meeting minutes
Click link below to read letter LJSA sent to UC President and Regents regarding errors in their September meeting minutes regarding the the TDLLN project:
Letter to City Government re opposition to UCSD’s request for removal of deed restrictions [10/25/20]
Mayor Kevin Faulconer
San Diego City Council President Gomez
San Diego City Council President Pro-Tem Bry
San Diego City Council Members J. Campbell, C. Cate, M. Kersey, M. Montgomery, V. Moreno, S. Sherman, & C. Ward
(Sent via Email to all parties)
October 22, 2020
Re: Removal of Deed Restrictions to 510 Acres of land given to UCSD
Dear Mayor, City Council President, City Council President Pro-Tem and City Council Members
The La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) voted at its October Meeting to oppose the request by UCSD to have the Deed Restrictions removed on 510 acres of San Diego City land gifted to the University. These Deed Restrictions were imposed on these land gifts to ensure that this valuable land would be used for University educational purposes.
The University of California was established as a publicly funded university to serve the citizens of California with higher education and important research. In UCSD’s presentation to the Land Use and Housing Committee on September 17th, the description of what the land will be used for strays far from the UC mandate.
The LJSA opposes the lifting of the Deed Restrictions on these 510 acres to include, but not be limited to, the following reasons:
- The proposed UCSD continued building of retail shops, art galleries, restaurants, conference centers, ballrooms, a state of the art convention center, hotel rooms, condos and residences for retired professors does not serve the University mandate to educate students. Instead, it competes head-to-head with the local economy.
- SDSU just purchased 160+ acres of land from the City of San Diego for $88 million. SDSU went through exhaustive community forums, a City-wide vote, and extensive protracted negotiations with City entities. The same should be required of UCSD.
- If the Deed Restrictions are lifted on the 510 acres of land in question, the University can then sell the land for profit and/or long-term lease the land to developers with little to no benefit to the citizens of San Diego.
- UCSD stated that revenue of $80 million over 20 years would accrue to the City of San Diego if UCSD were to develop this land as they plan (see description above). The benefit to the City comes out to $4 million per year. This is a mere pittance of what 510 acres of prime coastal and view land is worth. This is like stealing much needed revenue from the citizens of San Diego. Revenue that should benefit ALL of San Diego.
For these, and other reasons, LJSA opposes the lifting of the Deed Restrictions on the 510 acres of land gifted to UCSD. No action should be taken on this important matter without a full and robust vetting of this issue by City entities and ALL the citizens of San Diego in Community Forums held city-wide.
We thank you for your attention to this important matter on behalf of the citizens of San Diego.
Janie Emerson, President LJSA
LJSA and homeowners group forced to sue to stop UCSD Project” [10/19/20]
Please click link below to read the La Jolla Light’s article on this important topic:
We welcome your support – firstname.lastname@example.org
To Support Opposition to this Project:
Donations needed to support LJSA lawsuit to stop UCSD project. To donate, please mail your check to the La Jolla Shores Association at PO Box 64, La Jolla, CA 92038. Or contact Janie Emerson at 619-318-1278.
Letter to UC President and Board of Regents from LJCPA re the TDLLN project [9/7/20]:
Here is the letter to the UC President and Board of Regents passed by LJCPA 9/3/20 10-3-3.
La Jolla Light Letter to Editor:
Community concerns can’t be left out of UCSD’s plans
This letter was addressed to University of California President Michael Drake.
The La Jolla residents have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed a lack of desire for this massive building monstrosity, yet the chancellor and UCSD seem oblivious to our community concerns and input. The university talks repeatedly about being a good citizen of the community, yet repeatedly and, apparently intentionally, chooses to move forward with their original plan, with no regard to our concerns in reference to the impact upon our neighborhood.
NEW NAME – SAME MONSTER PROJECT, 8/4/20
The UCSD Future College Project (FCLLN) has changed its name to Theater District Living Learning Neighborhood (TDLLN). Same project. Same monster buildings of 9-21 stories and 900,000 gross square feet. Same danger to our traffic, environment, health, and safety.
The UC Board of Regents have not approved this project. UCSD has not answered in full the Public Records Act requests (PRA) filed months ago by both the La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) and by Blackhorse Farms. The environmental document on TDLLN project has yet to be produced and so is not out for public comment. The next UC Regents Board meeting is mid-September. What is going on here?
This project (TPLLN) has now expanded way beyond 2,000 beds – which I doubt will be needed in this COVID-19 world. Now the project includes a 480 seat theater, meeting roomS, multiple restaurantS, retail space, a major transportation hub, etc., etc., etc. Read TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC, NOISE, POLLUTION!
This is outrageous! In the face of vocal public opposition on this project, UCSD appears to be moving ahead. It is time to tell UCSD STOP! In the City of Berkeley, Save Berkeley Neighborhoods is suing UC Berkeley for its unbridled continued expansion which is destroying their Community.
Now is the time to stand up for our Community.
Stop this NOW! Your letters and comments on this project do make a difference Write to the new UC President Michael V. Drake at email@example.com. To do more to fight this monster project contact LJSA at firstname.lastname@example.org
LJSA & Friends would like you to join the fundraising team for Community Opposes UCSD’s Huge Future College Buildings
Click the following link (and then click “read more” to read more about this GoFundMe fundraising effort and to donate:
Update from UCSD re FCLLN Expansion: [6/13/20]
|UC San Diego COVID-19 Efforts
Message from the Chancellor: Phased Approach to Campus Operations
Over the course of the last two months, UC San Diego has worked swiftly to move as many operations as possible to remote settings. The speed and grace with which faculty and staff were able to pivot complex education, healthcare and business procedures and practices has kept our academic, research and health enterprise moving forward amid great uncertainty.
In May, we brought together a team of UC San Diego clinicians, molecular biologists, technologists, infectious disease experts, bioinformatics specialists, disease modelers, public health experts and others to develop a groundbreaking program called “Return to Learn” to guide our future responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
The initial phase of Return to Learn launched on May 11 to make COVID-19 testing available at no cost to thousands of students living on campus. By testing large numbers of our campus community on a recurring basis, we hope to be able to quickly identify COVID-19 infections on our campus to reduce the risk of a significant outbreak.
The three-week phase included testing undergraduate and graduate students residing on campus during the spring quarter. UC San Diego received national media attention at the launch, and early data indicated that Return to Learn could serve as a model—not only for higher education, but also for cities, counties and states working to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Included are a few web links related to UC San Diego’s most recent efforts related to COVID-19:
Graduating from one of the top universities in the world is no small feat. In celebration of this achievement, UC San Diego is hosting a Virtual Commencement on June 13, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Broadcasts specific to undergraduate colleges, graduate divisions and professional schools will also be streamed on the Commencement 2020 page. Also see Virtual Commencement Uses Creative Ways to Infuse University Tradition with Interactive Fun.
UC San Diego Projects
UC San Diego’s 2018 Long Range Development Plan directs the location of instructional, research and campus support facilities. This plan was prepared in response to campus enrollment and population projections. Visit plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu for more project information or contact email@example.com. An interactive campus map illustrating major campus projects with brief descriptions is also available at maps.ucsd.edu.
As part of the Long Range Development Plan implementation, the university continues to make substantial investments in new academic and housing projects. This month’s update highlights the proposed Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood Project and the Design and Innovation Building.
The Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood Project is located on UC San Diego’s west campus adjacent to the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre District and north of the Revelle College entrance. Planned on an 11.8-acre site, this vibrant, mixed-use living and learning community will provide residential and administrative space, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate beds, classrooms, an estimated 1,200 underground parking spaces, and meeting and retail space. Building heights will range from 9 to 21 stories, placing the highest points of the buildings furthest from the community edge and orienting the lower scale buildings along the public edge to reduce scale and mass. (Right: Theatre District drop-off area artist rendering of project)
This is primarily a housing project, which provides many benefits by expanding opportunities for students to fully integrate into the academic and social aspects of campus life. Part of the attraction is the community setting and adjacency to on-campus housing as well as being close to academic, research, social support and recreation facilities. The overall goal of the living and learning neighborhoods is to enhance the student experience, cultivate community and support interdisciplinary research. In addition, providing student housing on campus also has the advantages of reducing local traffic and parking demands by decreasing the number of students who commute to and from campus. The project incorporates open spaces, pedestrian paths, sidewalks and other connections into the design, and provides direct connections to the La Jolla Playhouse patrons and other visitors.
For more project information, see responses to Frequently Asked Questions.
The Design and Innovation Building is located on UC San Diego’s west campus adjacent to the new UC San Diego Blue Line trolley, which is slated for operation in late 2021. This will provide additional commute options to and from the UC San Diego campus. (Right: Artist rendering of project)
The Design and Innovation Building, scheduled to open in the spring of 2021, will be a 74,000-square-foot collaborative facility that encourages new ideas, products and services that contribute to UC San Diego’s entrepreneurial spirit.
More at UC San Diego…
Please read the Letters to the Editor in this week’s La Jolla Light for comments regarding the UCSD Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood expansion plans. They are on page A10 in the following link to the paper:
1/10/19, Thanks from UCSD:
A very Happy New Year to you and wishing you all things wonderful in 2019.
Please see included the January 2019 UC San Diego Community Groups Update for sharing with the La Jolla Shores Community Association and its membership. As you will see in the January Monthly Update, the UC Regents approved this past November, the UC San Diego 2018 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and certified the LRDP Environmental Impact Report for the La Jolla Campus.
2018 La Jolla Campus LRDP – http://lrdp.ucsd.edu/campus/proposed/index.html
Final EIR – http://lrdp.ucsd.edu/campus/review/final.html
Community Updates – http://plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu/planning/community.html#Monthly-Updates
The 2018 LRDP replaces and supersedes the 2004 LRDP as the planning document in force moving forward with the UC San Diego Capital Improvement Program.
We thank you, the La Jolla Shores Association’s board members and community at large for your support of the LRDP and its accompanying EIR that outlines a plan for future growth.
On behalf of the University, Anu and myself, thank you very much for all that you do to help the UC San Diego Community!