filed over Vista del Mar project
By Allison Sampite-Montecal | Sat, Oct 13 2016
Vista is being sued over a controversial condominium project
on Third Avenue the City Council approved in August. Chula
Vista property owner Earl Jentz and Chula Vista resident Gloria
Gonzales jointly filed the lawsuit, claiming the five-story
project doesn’t fit in the neighborhood or comply with the
city’s general or specific plan for the area.
The development, Vista del Mar, would have 71 one- and two-bedroom
condos with one commercial unit at the corner of Third Avenue
and K Street. It is being designed by Studio E Architects
for developer Hamid Mani.
and Gonzales are being represented by environmental and land
use attorney Everett DeLano.
a really massive project in relation to the neighborhood and
even the commercial establishments nearby, DeLano said.
The specific plan says the site is supposed to be a
commercial site, and this project is obviously not commercial.
added that with about 600 square feet of commercial space
within a 91,000 square foot project, it's difficult to claim
its a true mixed-use project.
just a massive high-rise apartment building, he said.
aspect of the complaint, DeLano said, relates to due process
and a fair hearing. He said property owner Jentz wasnt
given either since he wasnt allowed to explain his reason
for the appeal or provide a rebuttal at the August public
Attorney Glen Googins said the city disagrees with Jentzs
allegations that council approval of the proposed project
was done illegally. He said many people debated its pros and
cons in two public hearings.
believe that all sides of the debate were given full and fair
opportunities to express their views, and that both the citys
process, and the terms for its ultimate approval, fully complied
with all applicable laws, Googins said.
Sept. 15 complaint follows a July 1 appeal by Glenda de Vaney,
Martha Coulson and Jentz to the City Council of the citys
June Planning Commission decision to approve the 1-acre development.
The vote was 5 to1.
complaints included that the project was too tall and bulky
for the single-family residential neighborhood. Tenants on
Church Avenue and K Street would lose privacy with views of
the project's east-facing balconies overlooking their neighborhood.
response to complaints during a Planning Commission meeting
in June, the developer made several changes to the design,
Decreasing the number of residential units from 80 to 71
Removing some balconies and pushing others back into an alcove
More landscaping and parking spaces.
residents still unhappy, Planning Commissioners asked the
developer, as a condition of approval, to work with city staff
to further protect neighbors privacy.