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November 24, 2010 - Diamond One Construction celebrates Grand Opening of Pathfinders Shelter Plus Care - North Park Hotel Converted Into Affordable Housing North Park Inn

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December 3, 2009 - SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - San Diego police are hoping you can help them catch a burglar who broke into a construction site in North Park...

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July 30, 2009 - Ground Breaking takes place at Shelter Plus Care in North Park...

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Burglar's big plan falls through

--December 3, 2009 - CBS Channel 8 News

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - San Diego police are hoping you can help them catch a burglar who broke into a construction site in North Park.

A newly-released video has its funny moments, but investigators are taking this crime seriously.

The burglary took place on Oct. 19 at a construction site that used to be the North Park Inn

According to construction worker Adam Boyte, sometime during that night, the burglar jumped the fence and found an opening on the second floor that went into the construction office. But the hole isn't quite big enough, and the suspect got stuck.

"You see at one point he uses his leg to grab a chair, but when he falls he misses the chair," Boyte said.

The man loses his sweatshirt during the landing, but he gets right back up, gets dressed, and starts to look around for something to steal. He may have had a less-than-graceful entrance, but what happens next qualifies this burglar to be filed under "stupid criminals."

"He must have thought that if he stole the camera that that would take any evidence that he had been inside the building itself, but that isn't the hard drive where the actual data is kept," San Diego Police Department spokesperson Monica Munoz said.

Police don't know what the man was looking for specifically. He took a digital camera off a desk and a surveillance camera, but what they do know is construction sites are often a target for criminals."There were a lot of other things he could have taken that were of value. It's easy to have a $1,000 worth of tools laying around," Boyte said.

Despite the comical manner in which this burglar decided to break into the construction site, this is still a felony.

Diamond One Construction has installed more surveillance cameras, and police hope someone recognizes the man in this video.

"You can clearly see the individuals face and he is wearing really distinctive jeans, they have a really wide stripe, white stripe along the back of the jeans," Munoz said.

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Nonprofit Finds a Home for Its Adult Treatment Program

--North Park Hotel Project to Shelter Troubled Men

San Diego Business Journal - By Ned Randolph


After losing its lease June 30, Pathfinders of San Diego has found a permanent home for its adult treatment shelter with support of the North Park community looking to boot a troubled hotel that charges by the hour and attracts vagrants.

"They want to get rid of it," says Stan Stanley, executive director, whose Shelter Plus Care program treats male addicts with mental illnesses. "It's a win-win for the men that need help and the community to get rid of an eyesore that's caused problems."

North Park Inn - April 2009

The 15-year-old Pathfinders organization plans to aquire the North Park Inn in the 2600 block of University Avenue and renovate it using $4 million provided by the San Diego Housing Commission and City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency.

Under the proposal, the Housing Commission would pay for the land acquisition - around $2 million - and the Redevelopment Agency would pay for the renovations, also about $2 million, said Michael Lengyel, project director of the North Park Redevelopment Project Area. Pathfinders should finalize its application with architectural plans and building code inspections in the next week and go before the City Council in order to close escrow by January.

"The city wants to clean the place up and the neighborhood is very supportive of the whole project. I've heard nothing but good responses since I came to be involved in this project," said Mark Lukacs, President of Diamond One Construction in Poway, which is handling the renovations. "When they lost the lease on the (previous) facility, it forced some of the men back to the streets."

North Park Inn Artist's Rendering

He added, "It was one of those stories of, 'what can we do to help these men?' It's a good cause. I believe it provides a vital service to society." The federally funded Shelter Plus Care program houses the toughest segment of Pathfinder's 70 to 80 resident population. Its 15 residents have serious drug and alcohol addictions, and suffer from mental illness.

"This is part of a population that's really forgotten," Stanley said. "They're hard to deal with and it's hard for them to get health and treatment." The facility had been operating on a five-year lease in the 2900 block of University, but the building owner told Stanley she had other plans for the property when his lease expired. The apartments he found, however, would have required evicting and paying to relocate tenants, Stanley said.

Meanwhile, he was having trouble finding temporary housing because managers simply didn't want men with troubled backgrounds or criminal records, he said. "It's been tough. I've lost five men in the program," he said. "It's hard to find locations and space for these guys as you can well imagine." The hotel site, however, was ideal. It was for sale, and had garnered no love from the community. Lukacs said he reached out to the California Housing Partnership, which helped Stanley work out the financial arrangements with the city to fund the project.

The renovations plan for Diamond One to reduce the number of units from 27 to 18, and enlarge them. It will also renovate a smaller structure across the alley which will house Pathfinders' corporate offices, said Lukacs. "This is a good deal for Pathfinders because they'll have their corporate offices and the shelter care plus program in the same facility," said Lukacs. "They're right next to each other." Despite the difficulty of the process, Stanley said he's been pleasantly surprised at the support of the community. "Right now we haven't had any opposition whatsoever. That's one of those things that's been surprising to a lot of people in the community," he said. "Everyone is very positive. More importantly, we can get these guys back into the program, which is more than giving them a roof over their heads. It's giving them life skills to get them back into the mainstream."