A rendering of the UC San Diego Hillel project. Courtesy M.W. Steele Group

A long-awaited City Council vote on a Hillel Center for Jewish Life near the UC San Diego campus was abruptly postponed Tuesday because an official notice had not been posted by the city.

The vote was rescheduled for Oct. 2, a delay of nearly three months in project.

The college religious organization has been working for nearly 20 years to build a center on a vacant, weed-strewn triangle of land on La Jolla Village Drive, but faced community opposition.

Over the years, and after two lawsuits, the size of the proposed center has been cut nearly in half to 6,500 square feet. In April, the Planning Commission gave the redesigned project its unanimous approval.

Hillel offers religious programming for Jewish holidays and festivals, programs relating to Israel as the Jewish homeland, Jewish community building and community service opportunities. It currently operates out of a home in the neighborhood.

A similar center was opened near the San Diego State University campus three years ago.

Opponents say the UC San Diego center would out of character with a residential area, cause an increase in traffic and put pressure on already-limited street parking.

The plan calls for three buildings of varying heights, each about the size of the nearby homes, along with 27 parking spaces and a public park area..

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.