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Manchester gets victory in Broadway Complex case

Developer and U-T-San Diego owner Douglas Manchester has won a round in court in his effort to develop the 2.9 million-square-foot Broadway Complex development, but it may be just another battle in a lengthy war.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Miller ruled within the past week that California Coastal Commission acted improperly when it voted in 2011 to reject a plan that had gained its initial approvals from the commission back in 1991.

The Coastal Commission, citing the 20 years in between its initial approval and the later rejection, said the development also known as Manchester Pacific Gateway, needed to be studied further to ensure its conformance with the California Coastal Act.

In essence, despite the 20-year period, Miller found that the changes were insufficient to warrant a re-examination of the project.

While this is clearly a victory for Manchester, the developer may not be able to break out the bulldozers just yet.

The Coastal Commission has 60 days to decide whether or not to appeal the ruling, and even if it isn't appealed, additional litigation could drag the project out even further.

Assuming the project does go forward, a 373,000-square-foot office tower for the Navy is required to be first up. Conceivably this could be ready by 2017.

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