Belmont owner tells San Diego council park will "go away" if city doesn't negotiate lease

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Tom Lochtefeld stood before San Diego city councilmembers Tuesday, November 9, and urged them to direct the city's Real Estate Assets Department to restart negotiations on Belmont Park's land lease and rethink the 700 percent rent increase that the department imposed. If not, said Lochtefeld, the Coney Island–inspired amusement park in Mission Beach may take its final plunge.

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Jason Hammond's avatar

Not surprising. I'm not sure how anyone could be expected to continue to function with a 700% rent increase.

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Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

Well the percentage is meaningless without a base. They may have been paying dirt cheap up until now. It could still be a low number, but simply not in their reach given the circumstances.

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Jeff's avatar

That's kind of what the article was implying... that for years the city was offering credits as an incentive to develop the property.

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