Gloria Bill to Make Way for More Efficient Use of Downtown San Diego State Building Heads to Governor

Friday, August 30, 2019

Assemblymember Gloria Wants State to Dispose of State Building on Front Street for Affordable Housing

SACRAMENTO, CA – A bill authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to force the State of California to dispose of the Downtown San Diego State Building, in an effort to make way for more efficient uses, is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Today, the State Assembly took its final vote on Assembly Bill 1164 (AB 1164) and officially sent it to the Governor with a vote of 75 to zero. 

Right now, the State occupies two city blocks in Downtown San Diego with a hazardous and crumbling building and blighted surface parking lots. This is prime real estate that could be used to build affordable housing and get our homeless off the street,” said Assemblymember Gloria. “I authored AB 1164 to force the State to deal with this problem and be a better neighbor. I am hopeful we will receive the Governor’s signature and finally see progress.”

AB 1164 would effectively direct the Department of General Services to dispose of the Downtown San Diego State Building and surface parking lots. These properties are approximately 2.7 acres, two full city blocks, located on Front and State Streets bound by A Street and Ash Street. Specifically, the bill would deem both properties as surplus and start the process for disposal.

Under current law, surplus state properties must be first offered to local agencies – such as the City of San Diego – and, if not obtained by a local agency, then offered to non-profit affordable housing sponsors.

The San Diego State Office Building was built in 1963. Sixteen state agencies operate in the building; however only approximately 61,832 out of 123,226 usable square feet is currently occupied and the Department has requests from current building occupants to relocate. If AB 1164 is signed into law, the Department of General Services would be responsible for relocating the state departments and employees. 

Earlier this year, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-06-19, which ordered affordable housing to be built on excess state lands. Governor Newsom has until October 13 to sign or veto all bills.