The San Diego City Council on Monday cleared the way for construction of a 175-house development in Nestor, on the site of the former Marian Catholic High School.

The single-family homes will go on 17 acres at 18th Street and Coronado Avenue.

“This is a vacant piece of land that can be a nuisance,” said Councilman David Alvarez, who represents the neighborhood near the Imperial Beach city limits.

Architect Gordon Carrier said the property was a school for 47 years until Marian Catholic High School officials acquired new land in Chula Vista. The school was reestablished at another site and renamed Mater Dei Catholic High School.

Now the old property is “a community eyesore,” Carrier said. The buildings that remain on the site will be razed.

The approval of the development — which is slated to have homes costing in a range from the high $300,000s to mid $400,000s — came on an 8-0 vote to change the zoning from school to residential and certify the environmental impact report.

City News Service

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