UCSD construction threatens historic gliderport

A community meeting hosted by the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine April 21 to discuss plans for a four-story research facility near the Torrey Pines Gliderport was attended by more than 35 people, including several glider pilots.

Flyers are concerned that the proposed building will infringe on flight space and landing paths because of the close proximity.

Several attendees cited complaints about destruction of open space and natural resources, as well as to the remaining foundations of Camp Callan buildings on the property.

The seven-and-a-half acre coastal bluff area has been used as a launch site for more than 80 years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The California State Historical Resources Commission will be meeting in Napa on April 23 to consider expanding the gliderport boundaries.

“To me, it doesn’t make sense because they have so many other areas where they can build within a few blocks,” said David Jebb who owns the gliderport. “The question really boils down to why are you wanting to build this stem cell research laboratory on historic property?”

While the public supported the consortium’s research mission, they object to the proposed location.

“This whole place has some significant memories for people,” Jebb said. “It’s one of the jewels of La Jolla. Why would you want to destroy it?”