A project that will be presented to the City of Imperial Beach at their meeting Wednesday proposes the construction of 216 beach bungalow style town homes along State Route 75.
The Shores on Silver Strand town homes would sit on what is now the Bernardo Shores RV Park.
"Staff has encouraged the property owner to explore the opportunity of purchasing or parnering with the property to the south for a comprehensive project (El Camino site); however, the cost to purchase that property is excessive," a staff report on the topic written by City Manager Gary Brown said.
The El Camino Motel was demolished in October.
Units in the three-story town homes would range from 1,100-1,700 square feet and the development may include a new connection to the Bayshore Bikeway may be built for the community.
Potential issues standing in the way of construction detailed in the staff report include:
- The project needs a coastal development permit from the California Coastal Commission and due to its proximity to San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge would require review by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- If new commercial zoning rules receive state approval, the project would need to meet Commercial/Mixed-Use (C/MU-1) zone rules.
- Project may be in a 100-year flood plain.
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