The seven-member board of the San Diego Unified Port District voted unanimously May 6 to oppose a change in the port’s master plan to permit converting the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal to a complex of hotels, restaurants, shops and a possible football stadium.
While backers of the proposed initiative have yet to gather sufficient signatures to qualify it for a public vote, the board apparently takes the efforts of the developers, Richard and Nancy Chase, quite seriously.
Commissioners said the measure threatens the viability of the terminal by allowing non-maritime uses.
The port invested millions of dollars in building a cold storage facility at the terminal in the early 1990s to attract niche cargo business, which has increased in recent years.
A port official said in the last five years, 12.6 million tons of maritime cargo has come through the facility. That business has helped support 14,400 jobs with an average pay of $54,000 annually.
The ballot measure’s proponents, officially known as San Diego Community Solutions LLC, is busy gathering signatures toward the 75,000 valid voter signatures needed by early June to qualify for the November ballot.
The Chases are the developers of the Gregory Canyon landfill in North County.
, Mike Allen