As part of the Center on Policy Initiatives’ efforts to promote sound economic development and land use policy in San Diego, this study looks at the impact of a large subsidized development on the local community and the region.
In this report we examine the impact on the community and the region of the College Grove Redevelopment Project – which includes a Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. This project received $13.4 million in the form of public assistance, including $9.5 million for Wal-Mart. We look beyond fiscal impacts and incorporate an analysis of the impacts on employment, housing, neighborhood services and the environment.
In each chapter of this report, we raise a number of questions about the project’s impact and if it was the best for the community. Overall, a number of significant impacts stand out:
San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/20/03