The chairman of the Centre City Development Corp., the entity that oversees redevelopment downtown, has rejected permits for a proposed Fat City Lofts mixed-use project.
Kim John Kilkenny cited the project’s inconsistency with the city’s 2008 general plan and a CCDC community plan to support his decision, which followed a 4-2 vote by the CCDC board to reject the project.
Developers of the proposed 232-unit apartment building, with some retail space, at the corner of Hawthorne Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Jonathan Segal and GLJ Partners, said they will appeal the decision to the city’s Planning Commission.
The project complies with the city’s zoning that allows for residential development.
Solar Turbines, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., has been actively opposing the City Lofts project for months, saying that allowing it on the site across from its downtown plant would impede its ability to operate effectively.
Solar has about 3,800 employees at its two plants.
To ensure that its message was heard, Solar enlisted the support of many elected officials to oppose the Fat City project.
In his remarks on denying the permits, Kilkenny said the economic prosperity element of the city’s general plan “recognizes that base sector industries should be protected and land use inconsistencies should be avoided.”