The owner of a nearby shopping center and a trio of community groups filed lawsuits Wednesday against the controversial One Paseo mixed-use project in Carmel Valley.
Orange County-based developer Donahue Schriber, which also financed a a referendum petition, filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the environmental impact report prepared for the project.
“For more than six years we have expressed our concerns, as a neighboring property owner, about the One Paseo project. We have repeatedly documented our concerns regarding the traffic that will be generated by the project and the significant impact its size and scale will have on the surrounding community,” said Elizabeth Schreiber, vice president of operations and development for Donahue Schriber.
Three community groups — the Alliance for Responsible Development, the East Bluff Community Association and Mitigate One Paseo– also filed an environmental lawsuit Wednesday against the project.
“Unfortunately, frivolous lawsuits like this have become standard for any significant project in California. One Paseo underwent extraordinarily careful analysis, and we’re completely confident that the city’s extremely thorough environmental impact report on the project will withstand the court’s scrutiny,” Rachel Laing, spokesperson for developer Kilroy Realty.
The $750 million project includes 199,000 square feet of retail space, a movie theater, 484,000 square feet of office space and 608 residences on a vacant 23.6-acre site south of Del Mar Heights Road, between El Camino Real and High Bluff Drive.
The San Diego City Council voted 7-2 in February to approve the project in affluent Carmel Valley.
The issue may be headed for the ballot. Signatures on a petition calling for a citywide referendum on the project — and on cards asking for signatures to be removed — are being counted by the Registrar of Voters.
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