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The proposed 7,000-square-foot Hillel of San Diego student center at the intersection of La Jolla Scenic Drive, La Jolla Scenic Way, and La Jolla Village Drive is certain to impact traffic safety in the area if approved argues the Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use (TRLU), a non-profit 501(c)4 organization dedicated to preserving the community of La Jolla.

Rejected twice before—first as a 12,100 square foot project by the California Court of Appeals in 2009, and later in 2012 when the La Jolla Community Planning Association advised the City of San Diego against issuing necessary permits for a scaled back version of the project—area residents feel the student center will not only encroach on their single-family residential neighborhood, but also adversely affect traffic safety.

In its proposal, Hillel of San Diego assumed one on-site parking space for every five students, or 3.7 spaces per 1,000-square-feet, for a total of 27 parking spaces. At a minimum, area building codes require one space per three people. Thus, with a proposed maximum occupancy of 140 people for the student center, this results in required parking of a minimum of 47 spaces, not the proposed 27!

Failure to provide adequate on-site parking, together with a narrowing of La Jolla Scenic Drive N. and other roadway changes that will remove 10 on-street parking spaces and a cul-de-sac, will significantly impact traffic circulation, parking, and safety—all due to the proposed student center.

In addition, the planned entrance driveway to the student center will be excessively close to the intersection of La Jolla Village Drive and La Jolla Scenic Way, creating further safety issues.

TRLU encourages members of the La Jolla community and concerned citizens from other neighborhoods in the City of San Diego to come out and show their support for preserving this neighborhood and others like it at a scheduled April 27 City of San Diego Planning Commission meeting where the proposed student center will be on the agenda. You can also express your concern to the City of San Diego by email to [email protected].

For more information on the meeting and to keep up-to-date with latest developments, visit TRLU on Facebook or at www.trlu.org.