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Horton Plaza Park getting funding

The Horton Plaza Park, which was one of several projects stalled because of the end of redevelopment agencies and the monies that flowed to them, is now back on track.

The California Department of Finance has determined there are sufficient funds to pay for the $12.7 million project, which will take the space occupied by the former Robinsons-May building and transform it into an urban park that will include an outdoor performance venue.

The park is one of several projects that Civic San Diego and the city of San Diego have resubmitted to the state for reconsideration following initial objections to their funding.

“This reversal of a prior decision is very good news. Horton Plaza Park will be a great benefit to our downtown neighborhood and an asset in which all San Diegans can take pride,” said San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria -- who represents the area, in a statement. “This project is the hallmark of what good redevelopment and a unique public-private partnership can accomplish, and my hope is strengthened that other impactful projects will gain similarly positive reviews from the state.”

The 1.3-acre park is scheduled to be completed by spring 2014. Located at Fourth Avenue and Broadway, the park was set aside in 1870, redesigned in 1910, and last restored in 1985 at the time the Horton Plaza shopping center opened.

"As downtown’s residential population and work force rapidly grow, the need for high-quality public open space is becoming ever more critical,” said Jeff Graham, president of Civic San Diego. “This world-class urban plaza is destined to be a cherished regional attraction for all of San Diego’s residents to enjoy.”

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