High School District's (SUHSD) Proposal
On December 13, 2007
Vista Redevelopment Corporation (CVRC) discussed the current and past
proposals by SUHSD to use development
of some of their property in western Chula Vista in order to fund a new
Administration Building, Corporate Yard, 7-12 school, and adult school.
Apparently 20 years ago they came to the city with a proposal to build a new
Administration building on a lot at the corner of Alvarado Street and Third
Avenue (where Kentucky Fried Chicken is now.) At that time the district owned
the land where the Veteran's Home now is. The city traded this Third Avenue
land for the land the Veteran's Home is now on. The city also paid the District
a certain amount of money to finish this transaction. The idea was that having
300-400 District employees on Third Avenue would revitalize the downtown area.
This has been a major city goal for 20 years but SUHSD has not moved on making
it happen. For many years they hesitated because of financing and concerns
about parking. Parking is a nightmare at their current site on Fifth Avenue and
Moss. Their spokesperson stated parking is no longer a concern. They would need
to build some kind of structured parking for employees and clients.
For the last 10 to 15
years the city has had the goal of moving the SUHSD corporate yard off of Fifth
Avenue. This is a residential neighborhood and the bus traffic is not
appropriate for this location. The site is probably contaminated so the
District is seeking Redevelopment Agency help in its clean up if they were to
The latest proposal
would have the Administration building and the adult school move to L Street.
(The district bought 23 acres on Industrial and L in 2004 for 28 million
dollars.) SUHSD wants to build 1,000 homes on this property. To his credit Eric
Crockett rejected this. He said the city would not consider it without
involving the community. 1,000 homes would require at least 6 acres of parking.
They would also increase traffic significantly, need more library and park
space and other municipal services. Eric did not mention this concern, but a
real concern is that because this is a redevelopment area there would be
absolutely no increase in property tax going to the city. This would mean no
income for police, fire, libraries, street repairs, and all other General Fund
expenses, which by law cannot be paid for with tax increment money. SUHSD is
saying 183 million in tax increment would be produced for the Redevelopment
Agency. They want 100 million of that. Some good comments by the CVRC were that
in this housing market no one would build or buy land for 1,000 homes. It was
also mentioned that the 23 acres were not worth the 28 million the District
paid for them, and the financial projections were probably inaccurate.
1,000 residential, commercial, Adult School
Another problem is that
the SUHSD bought the L-Street property with a loan that deferred all interest
payments until 2011 (or 2032?) when a huge balloon payment is due. The city
still wants the Administration building on Third Avenue, which will require
many improvements on Third Avenue and there will not be any redevelopment tax
increment to pay for them after 2017 when the Town Center 1 Redevelopment Area
sunsets. School land such as Adult School, corporate Yard, 7-12 school, and
Administration Building pay no taxes. The District currently wants to keep
their corporate yard on Fifth Avenue, which the city does not want.
These five YOUTUBE
videos have the 45 minutes of discussion about Sweetwater's plans at the CVRC