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San Diego

The City Council delayed a decision Monday on the site of a new City Hall to allow more study of the issue.

The city is considering proposals to build a government complex at the east end of Broadway or keep City Hall on the Community Concourse at 2nd Avenue and C Street. Plans to build a major new complex and, possibly, a new central library near San Diego City College were placed on hold nearly a year ago.

Also facing the council is a decision on whether to raze the existing 13-story City Hall as recommended by a consultant earlier this month.

Because city government outgrew City Hall and the City Operations Building long ago, the city will pay about $7 million to lease office space in downtown buildings in fiscal 1992.

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With office vacancy rates downtown approaching 15%, the council directed Deputy City Manager Maureen Stapleton to investigate what the city would have to pay to lease or purchase quarters in existing downtown office buildings.

The Centre City Planning Committee, which is assembling a comprehensive plan for downtown, will compare the economic, social and urban design benefits of the two sites. A report to the council is due in 90 days.


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