San Diego to Turn an Indoor Skydiving Center into a Homeless Center

Homeless Center

There have been many articles written about the state of homelessness in California. Numerous cities have been struggling to deal with the problem. To make matters worse, courts often do not allow communities to ignore the issue. For example, at least one judge ruled that cities cannot fine people for camping in public parks if the community is refusing to build homeless shelters.

Thankfully, the city of San Diego is tackling the homeless problem. City officials are even doing this with a little help from skydiving. This is because San Diego is paying $7 million to renovate an indoor skydiving center to help the homeless.

Not many people have seen what is inside of an indoor skydiving center. What's inside may surprise you. For example, in the indoor skydiving center about to be renovated in San Diego, there are two glass tubes that extend upwards through three floors. Massive fans are at the bases of the tubes. The fans are used to generate the huge quantities of air needed to hold up indoor skydivers. These glass tubs and fans will need to be removed for the renovation.

The property was obtained through the city of San Diego through foreclose. The property had been assessed at between $15 - $22 million. This means the city was able to obtain the property at an outstanding price. Purchasing the property below market value is a great service to taxpayers. Additionally, purchasing an existing building to help the homeless is far less expensive than trying to build a location from scratch.

The proposed homeless center will be designed to help the homeless get back on their feet and locate their own housing. This should be encouraging news to residents concerned about the facility. Many of the cities homeless will live there only temporarily.

However, the purchase and proposed renovation is not without its critics. For example, some people believe the city paid too much. This is because the $15 - $22 million appraisal of the property was made when the San Diego Chargers were considering opening a new stadium nearby. Since the stadium never worked out, it is argued the property is worth much less.

Regardless of the criticisms, it will be fascinating to see how an old indoor skydiving center eventually changes into a homeless shelter. At the very least, it will provide local citizens with an interesting story behind the real estate of San Diego.