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Padres, city yet to agree on sale terms for Tailgate Park development

More than a year after "winning the opportunity to turn a large downtown parking lot into a vibrant office campus," a group led by the Padres has "yet to settle on purchase and development terms for the city-owned site known as Tailgate Park," according to Jennifer Van Grove of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The pandemic is "being blamed for the delay." Last week, the city’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations committee unanimously "gave its blessing to extend the formal, nine-month-long negotiation window that started in December and expired in September." The new deadline, if accepted by the full City Council, means the city and the Padres can "have through Jan. 31 to hammer out sale terms for the 5.25-acre site." Under the revised timeline, "a contract stipulating price, community benefits and building restrictions would be considered by City Council members in February." Tailgate Park is "a city-owned asset currently leased to the Padres for use as a parking lot and special event space." The group wants to "transform the property into a commercial office hub called East Village Quarter." The Padres team initially proposed "a 1.35 million square-foot tech or biotech campus with 612 market-rate and subsidized apartments, 50,000 square feet of shops, 236,000 square feet of public open space and a 1,600-space parking garage." Dir of Economic Development Christina Bibler told committee members that she "believed the city and the Padres could wrap up their talks before the end of the year" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/26).

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