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Chula Vista to Evaluate Options for Chargers Stadium

Efforts to bring the San Diego Chargers to Chula Vista continue.

A meeting of a Chula Vista City Council subcommittee concerning the Chargers is scheduled for June 8, with the expressed purpose of determining the next steps towards constructing a stadium on the Chula Vista bayfront and working with Chargers officials and other agencies to move the process forward, according to a press statement from Chula Vista Councilman John McCann on June 4.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Chula Vista City Hall.

Meanwhile, another effort to help the football team find its new stadium announced last month apparently has been put on hold.

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Local developer Perry Dealy said in an e-mail to Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani that his 16-member team is “stopping any and all media outreach on our option.”

Dealy’s plan was to incorporate a new, 70,000-seat stadium into a project that features 11 office buildings, a 16-story hotel, 5,900 residential units, 500,000 square feet of retail space and 30 acres of parkland on the 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site.

Fabiani said the plan, estimated to cost at least $3 billion, is far too dense and is unrealistic. The city of San Diego was also uncommitted.

Dealy said at the time the plan was unveiled that it could go forward with or without the Chargers’ participation.

However in his June 3 communiqu & #233; with Fabiani, Dealy said, “It was never our intent to mount any type of campaign going forward for a viable option for the city and Chargers.”

The Chargers have a lease with the city at Qualcomm Stadium to 2020 but can exit the deal provided the team gives the proper notification, and picks up part of the remaining bond debt for expanding the stadium in 1997.

, Mike Allen

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