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and styles, as seen here, can be
considered for historic designation.
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Just over the bridge from the urban lifestyle of downtown
San Diego, Coronado residents enjoy a different quality of life.
Tree-lined streets, manicured parks and historical homes provide
a glimpse into the past –
time the community is inspired to preserve.
In 2000, the City Council created the Historic Resource
Commission to identify and help preserve historic resources in Coronado. The
Commission is made up of five members: one
Planning Commissioner; one Design Review Commissioner; and three
residents appointed by the City Council.
“The City has deep roots in its past, evidenced by the values
held by current residents,” said Tony Pena, Director of Community
Development. “The Historic Resource Commission was created
to preserve Coronado’s link to the past, and its members are
doing an excellent job of establishing a vision
for the future.”
resources, such as the cottage pictured
above, are being preserved for future
generations to enjoy.
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This vision recently factored into the City Council’s
decision to adopt a resolution recommended
by the Historic Resource Commission designating
14 City-owned parks in the Village as historic
As a result, any major alterations proposed for these parks would
be subject to the California Environmental Quality Act and a thorough
review by the Historic Resource Commission.
Coronado parks represent the foresight of early civic
leaders, such as John D. Spreckels, for whom Spreckels Park is named. Mr. Spreckels
understood how important open space would be in maintaining Coronado’s
community character. Spreckels’ dream for the future has
since been passed on. Today’s civic stewards understand
that these types of amenities not only provide
aesthetic benefits, but also contribute to the economic well-being
of the City through increased property values.
Currently, 49 residential structures
have been designated historic. To achieve this status, a
building must be at least 75 years of age or have reached historical
significance within the last 75 years and meet additional criteria. These
include representing a special style of architecture or being associated
with a well-known architect, builder or occupant. Structures
designated thus far range from small
beach bungalows and one-of-a-kind residences to apartment complexes
and large estates.
Community Development Agency Produces Results
Built in 1996 to replace an inadequate police station, this
facility meets modern requirements for police safety operations,
including holding cells, dispatch and administrative offices,
and an Emergency Operations Center.
Constructed in 2000, this project
replaced the dilapidated and inadequate City
maintenance services yard with a new building
that accommodates vehicle and equipment repairs,
street and park maintenance, storm drain and
sewer maintenance, and public works equipment
Downtown Streetscape Project
To remedy sidewalk damage on Orange Avenue between
8th Street and Adella Avenue/Dana Place
and to revive this commercial corridor, the Agency
designed a unified theme for sidewalks, landscaping,
and transit stops. The first two phases were
in 2002. Improvements along the 800 block of
Avenue is the next phase of this work.
Providing additional entrances and reconfiguring
interior spaces will help improve efficiency
operations of the Library. The original building
not been improved since 1972. The remodel will
completed in Spring 2005.
Bay Master Plan
the appearance and quality of the waterfront experience
in this part of town, the Glorietta Bay Master Plan is a comprehensive
enhancement project that will be completed later this year. It will include a new Community Center,
City Hall, Linear Park, Bayside Promenade and improved bike path. This
project is being funded by the City, the Agency and the
Unified Port of San Diego.
This was the first
project funded by the Agency. Built
in 1990, it replaced the former dilapidated Central School.
School Sports Complex
Sports Complex provides a new gymnasium, locker rooms,
track and football field and bleachers in a modern facility
to meet the athletic needs of students.
Coronado Middle School
new buildings form a central quad for student use,
along with five half-court basketball/multi-use courts
and a grass athletic field. The
school was completed in 2002, using School District bond
proceeds and Agency funds.
Strand Elementary School
project renovated all permanent classrooms, replaced
old portable buildings with new classrooms, constructed
a new administration building, a library/media center,
and reconfigured the front driveway. This
project was completed in 2001 through Agency and District
Coronado High School
multi-phased effort will completely renovate the high school complex. The
remodeling of the Science Building, the construction
of a new Administration building and a Classroom wing
have already been completed. Improvements
underway involve new classrooms, a kitchen, a library,
and computer facilities.
Future ProjectsThe Agency is also planning future community and School
District projects. Some of those include an early Childhood Education
Center and School District Office at the Crown School site, Beach Public
Safety and Restroom Project (see story on right), renovations to the
Village Theatre and improvements to Sharp Coronado Hospital.
City, Navy Partner on Third Street Gate Project
The City of Coronado and Naval Air
Station North Island (NASNI) have long enjoyed a positive working
collective efforts, both parties recently received good news when
Congress approved NASNI’s $10.18 million funding request
to realign the primary entrance of the military base. The
result will be a smoother flow of traffic
along Third Street and into the facility.
From a military standpoint, the project
will enhance anti-terrorism security and improve access for
authorized Navy personnel, as well as improve traffic circulation
in and around the base. The
project will consist of moving the main NASNI entrance from its
current position at Fourth Street and Alameda Boulevard to Third
Street and Alameda Boulevard. The new alignment will allow
traffic heading onto the base a more direct route at the end of
Third Street, instead of having to turn left on Alameda before
entering the base. The construction of the new gate will
also allow for more vehicles to be checked on base, rather than
on City streets. This design aspect is intended to minimize
delays while vehicles enter the base.
The City will benefit from the project
in a variety of ways. Relocating
the gate will improve traffic flow, help decrease queuing, or
vehicle stacking on City streets in front of the base. Other
features of the project include new traffic
signals, increased security posts and inspection points, a truck
inspection facility and a landscaped buffer between the neighborhood
and the new multi-modal transit center for buses, shuttles and
“The City is proud to support the military and help further
its overall mission of protecting national security,” said
Director of Engineering Jim Benson. “The Third Street
Gate project is a good example of the progress
that can be made when the City and the Navy work together.”
For more information, contact the Engineering and Project Development
Department at 619.522.7383.
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