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Council revives ad hoc for train station development

SOLANA BEACH — Cedros Crossing, the $72 million mixed-use project slated for North Cedros Avenue between Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Cliff Street, may be a thing of the past, but future development of the site is still on the minds of City Council members.
One item approved as part of the consent calendar at the Jan. 14 meeting was the establishment of the North County Transit District/Train Station Site Ad Hoc Committee. Its purpose is to serve as a liaison to facilitate improved communications with NCTD and future project applicants as potential development of the site is explored.
The relationship between NCTD, which owns the 5.66-acre site, and previous developer Shea Properties was terminated in October. Council members Lesa Heebner and Mike Nichols, who were appointed to the new ad hoc, served on the previous committee for the site.
The revitalized team should come as encouraging news for Catherine Rodman, attorney for Affordable Housing Advocates. Rodman threatened to file a lawsuit against the city in June 2008 if it did not approve Cedros Crossing, which included 13 affordable housing units. Without the project, she said, Solana Beach would not be in compliance with a mandate to provide affordable housing.
Council said the project wasn’t compatible with the city’s general plan. Without the approval, Solana Beach lost a $6 million state grant that was key to funding the development.
Rodman recently said she did not file the lawsuit and “is trying to negotiate with the city before initiating litigation.”
Items on the consent calendar are approved in one action without discussion unless pulled by a member of the council or public. The one-year term of the committee will expire Jan. 13, 2010.