FAA insists the 180-foot office tower is a hazard, but developer won’t budge
By David Hasemyer
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
May 13, 2007 How did a 180-foot office tower end up being built in the bad-weather flight path of one of the region’s busiest municipal airports? The city officials who authorized the project say planning and zoning regulations prevented them from stopping construction on the $45 million building, which the Federal Aviation Administration has declared a hazard because it is 20 feet too tall.
But a review of thousands of pages of internal city memos and FAA documents reveals that San Diego’s Development Services Department had at least two opportunities to limit the building’s height before construction began.
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