Kehoe raises concerns about proposed Del Mar Fairgrounds expansion

Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) raised major concerns Monday about the proposed redevelopment of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, saying there is no demonstrated need for new convention space at that site and it leaves the State of California on the hook for any possible debts.

“What funding sources will pay back the bonds, and when will the convention center be profitable?” Kehoe asked in a letter to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which manages the fairgrounds and was gathering public comments on the plan’s environmental impact.

“Does the business plan analyze the fairgrounds’ cash flow should the state sell the grandstand and horse racing facilities?” she wrote.

In addition, Kehoe expressed concern about the plan’s effect on air quality, parking and flooding. She lamented the plan’s failure to reduce greenhouse gasses, called for building a train platform at the fairgrounds to alleviate traffic and cited the facility’s vulnerability being located in a floodplain.

The fairgrounds proposes constructing a 330-room condominium hotel, a 60,000-square-foot fitness center, an exhibition hall with three rooftop soccer fields, retail space, and a 48-foot tall electronic screen overlooking Interstate 5. The entire project would cost as much as $300 million and take 15 years to complete.

Last year, Kehoe announced plans to introduce legislation that would establish a greenway along the Del Mar Fairgrounds and San Dieguito River that offers new public access to the ocean and wildlife habitat.

Related posts:

  1. Kehoe announces plan for greenway along San Dieguito River
  2. Fair board hears public’s concern about proposed expansion
  3. Solana Beach prepares for massive fairgrounds expansion
  4. Kehoe touts plan for greenway
  5. Fairgrounds extends EIR review time

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