Will 15 stories break the heart of Hillcrest?

To save Hillcrest history, the Hillcrest History Guild held an Uptown Plan Legal Defense Fundraiser on Sunday, March 19, 2017, to support the legal challenge of this plan (filed by Save Our Heritage Organisation and Mission Hills Heritage). A goal of $7,500 in donations was made and matched by the Hillcrest History Guild, for a total of $15,000. If you love Hillcrest, please consider donating to fight the Uptown Community Plan Update.

In January, Save Our Heritage Organisation and Mission Hills Heritage legally challenged the City’s approval of the Uptown Community Plan Update due to significant deficiencies in the protection for historic resources. Unlike North Park and Golden Hill, the City offered Uptown no timeline to implement the historic districts, nor any preservation incentives, interim protections, penalties for unpermitted changes, or infill guidelines. As an important and early commercial district, preservation incentives will encourage developers to include historic buildings in redevelopment projects. However, since there is no proposed timeline to process the Hillcrest Commercial District (or any other Uptown district), and no proposed mitigation to counter the development pressure of increased density and unrestricted heights, we must each do our part to save the historic Hillcrest we know and love from demolition.

“I’m sorry that citizens again need fight the city to save our neighborhood from over development,” said HHG president Ann Garwood. “But Hillcrest shouldn’t be the only neighborhood forced to take the new density. The quality of life for residents continues to decrease as the City of San Diego adds more and more people (and traffic) to this once great community.” (In 2007 the American Planning Association named Hillcrest one of the nation’s ten “great” neighborhoods.

Please join the Hillcrest History Guild in raising funds to oppose this deficient plan, which, if implemented, would leave our beloved Hillcrest with a gaping hole in the historic center and commercial core. DONATE NOW by check to the Hillcrest History Guild, 3065 Third Avenue #3, San Diego, CA 92103 and please note “Legal Defense Fund” in the memo. The Hillcrest History Guild and Hillcrest thank you.

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