The English name for public land held in common where villages hold events for the community is called “commons.” In a recent letter to the editor, Jacqueline Winterer asked, “Is that dream dead?” The answer is, “No.” The Leeger/Watkins plan for a community center is exactly that. A plan organized around outdoor courtyards and plazas serve as a public gathering place.
The plan features a public plaza large enough to accommodate our Del Mar Farmers Market and multiple community social and cultural events. The city will retain 100 percent ownership of the land. Over 80 percent is exclusively for the City Hall/Chambers and Public Plaza. Twenty percent is available for lease for resident-serving shops and restaurants that will enhance services for our community and offset some $3 million to $5 million of the city’s estimated $9 million standalone cost without the retail and restaurant. Finally, after 35 years, an affordable plan for a much-needed City Hall/Chambers and Public Plaza.
Parking is to be provided in a single level, easy in/easy out parking garage to meet all parking codes, thus preventing back up into residential neighborhoods.
Finally, an efficient, affordable, user-friendly community center with courtyards and plazas for community interaction. A very special place for all residents to enjoy. The commons concept is very much alive and doable.