October 17, 2008
Chuey’s Restaurant, the decades-old restaurant in Barrio Logan familiar to countless satisfied San Diego diners has been sold to the San Diego Community College District as the site for the new Cesar Chavez campus of the district’s Continuing Education Program.
The college district was the successful bidder for the property at a Trustee Sale held on October 10, 2008. The property is located at 1901-1911 Main Street in San Diego. The rectangular site is approximately 39,315 square feet on which the 18,048 square-foot Chuey’s Restaurant building and a 556 square-foot garage are located.
Frank De La Rosa, the past owner of Chuey’s Restaurant said of the purchase by the college district, “We are glad that the community will benefit from the educational programs that will be offered at the new campus.”
District Chancellor Constance Carroll noted, “The acquisition of this property is important for our district for two reasons. We will be able to build a major continuing education campus for local residents named after Cesar Chavez. And, we will be able to include some of the Aztec Brewery artifacts in this facility as well as other celebrations of the area’s rich culture.”
The new campus, including the acquisition cost of the land, is projected to be approximately $42 million with construction planned to begin in 2010. The first students should be able to attend classes at the new campus in mid-2012. The new campus will consolidate the programs currently offered at the nearby smaller Cesar Chavez campus and the Center City campus. It is funded by the San Diego taxpayer supported Proposition S.
The new Cesar Chavez campus will be a Campus of Excellence for Allied Health occupations. It will also offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Adult Basic Education (ABE), Business Information Technology (BIT), Parent Education, and Older Adult Education. A Small Business Incubator Center will be established. In addition, there will be a Multi-Purpose room and Administrative Offices.
According to Board of Trustees Executive Vice President Rich Grosch, “This is an opportunity to build, with local citizen input, a high quality educational facility that will enhance the community and enrich the lives of its residents.”
Board of Trustee member Maria Nieto Senour added , “‘Chuey’s’ is a name that has long been associated with the many positive attributes of Barrio Logan. We are pleased that the location of the new Cesar Chavez Continuing Education Campus will add to positive legacy that began with Chuey’s.”