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Project Updates: August 16, 2012

SOHO Announces Lawsuit Over City’s Project Approval

On August 13, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego's July 9 approval of the Plaza de Panama project. While disappointing, we are not surprised that SOHO has resorted to litigation once again in a final attempt to impede the project. The Plaza de Panama project was approved after a 2-year democratic process and has been studied more than any project in Balboa Park history. Despite SOHO's lawsuit filing, we are committed to moving forward with reclaiming the park from cars and returning it to the people. Mayor Jerry Sanders issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit filing:

"Once again, SOHO is threatening to harm Balboa Park if it didn’t get its way, by delaying long-needed improvements and holding our 2015 celebration hostage. All San Diegans should be extremely disappointed, as I am, by this narrow-minded special-interest group for trying to kill a project that will only further beautify this great park.”

Construction Update

The Plaza de Panama project team has made great progress with preparations to move the project into the construction phase. Construction will occur in four distinct phases to ensure that two-way vehicle traffic through the park is maintained at all times during construction and safe access to all institutions is provided. Phase one will involve utility relocation to accommodate the new Organ Pavilion parking structure. The four construction phases, estimated time frames and areas impacted are described in our construction fact sheet (pdf). Overall construction on the project is scheduled to conclude in advance of the 2015 Centennial Celebration in Balboa Park. We will continue to send out regular construction updates in our enewsletter.