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Polo Club lease process delayed

By Karen Billing

When the San Diego Polo Club’s lease expired earlier this year, the San Diego city-owned property, located just west of Rancho Santa Fe on Via de la Valle and El Camino Real, was supposed to go through a request for proposal (RFP) process in May in order to award a new lease on the site. However, Mel Millstein, representative for District One Council member Sherri Lightner, said that the city’s real estate assets division has elected to put the process on hold until a conclusion is reached on the El Camino Real re-alignment project. The city has decided to wait for a cohesive plan on the re-alignment because some of the proposed alternatives, such as the potential roundabouts, would impact the lease hold, Millstein said.

Millstein said there is no timetable on when that could happen although construction is set to begin on the El Camino Real re-alignment project in 2014.

The environmental impact report on the El Camino Real re-alignment project, including the new bridge, is expected to be released in January 2013. (The new bridge will replace the aging bridge over El Camino Real, just after San Dieguito Road.

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