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Public Policy Newsletter Article

UC San Diego Development Projects Move Forward with Biocom California Support

  • 2021-05-20T15:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Melanie Cohn

Last week, the University of California Board of Regents gave final approval to the La Jolla Innovation Center, the university’s proposal to redevelop the former Rock Bottom Brewery site in University City. The new building will house UC San Diego Health Sciences programs and UC San Diego Extension in a location allowing easy access to the UC San Diego campus, VA Medical Center, and newly expanded trolley line. Biocom California members voted to support the project in March, and our staff submitted a letter of support to the regents in advance of their meeting.

On Tuesday, San Diego City Council gave final approval to release deed restrictions on UC San Diego land in La Jolla. Councilmembers have considered the proposal at multiple meetings since October 2020, which is when Biocom CA members initially voted to support the project. Lifting the restrictions will allow the university to enter public-private partnerships to build additional research facilities, an extended-stay facility, faculty and staff housing, and a wellness center.

Biocom CA policy staff spoke in support of the proposal at Tuesday’s hearing, and at previous council meetings.