Downtown’s C Street has come a long way from its heyday in the 1950s as a bustling pedestrian street. While the rest of downtown has benefitted from a multibillion-dollar renaissance — from the high-rise office buildings lining B Street to the restaurant and bar scene in the Gaslamp Quarter – C Street has failed to meet its potential as a downtown destination for decades. Instead, it’s plagued with eroding sidewalks, a growing homeless population, and unused, boarded up properties. C Street is a frightening corridor to tourists and residents, alike.
This must change now.
It’s absurd for residents to need an Uber to take them five blocks to get from their downtown apartment to Gaslamp, just so they don’t have to walk along the dangerous part of C Street. It’s unacceptable that vagrants openly urinate in public, and crime and violence are regular occurrences in the area. Because of this issue, we are supporting Alpha Project’s efforts to create a new comprehensive intake center for the homeless downtown.
We demand more for our city.
Downtown’s C Street beckons for shops, restaurants, residences and businesses. The future of C Street and the new downtown corridor should offer safety, community and convenience. Yet, despite multiple previous efforts, C Street remains dark and unsafe and frequented by transients.
At the crux of the issue is the old California Theatre – a deteriorating, dangerous building on the corner of 4th Avenue and C Street where drugs, crime and danger abound. City officials have deemed the building structurally unsafe and dangerous for local residents, workers and visitors. The building’s current condition negatively impacts businesses in the area and causes residents to avoid what should be a northern gateway to downtown San Diego. While a small group wants to save this "piece of history," it cannot feasibly be salvaged.
The only answer to this blighted sight is The Overture.
The Overture will be a new 40-story mixed-use building that will offer retail stores, bars and restaurants, and 282 modern urban living spaces, including 20 affordable mixed income units. In addition, the Overture will offer both above and below-ground parking, providing more than 300 public and residential spaces. The new structure will also be environmentally responsible and will be slated for LEED certification.
The current building is a danger to our community and stands in the way of progress. The Overture will stimulate the revitalization of the C Street corridor making a safer, more vibrant community to live, work and play in. Sign this petition to develop this area and say yes to jobs, say yes to new businesses, say yes to new living, dining, shopping and entertainment.
Say yes to #ANewCStreet!
For more information, visit www.TheOvertureSD.com
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