SAN DIEGO -- Hillcrest residents who are looking to get involved with their community this year are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC), to be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 pm.
Numerous community issues will be discussed at the open meeting, including a presentation from the Hillcrest History Guild on the fate of the historic Jones House at 4040 Fifth Ave. near Mercy Hospital.
According to HillQuest, the house was built in 1911 on what was then called Hillcrest Drive (the street name was changed to Fifth Avenue in 1968) by Henry B. Jones, director of the University Avenue Bank.
The Craftsman-style home has been at the center of much controversy since the neighboring Scripps Mercy Hospital announced its expansion plans in 2009, which included demolishing the house, which is the only one left standing on the block.
The house still stands today, after some community members and historical preservation organizations fought the hospital's plans.
Other meeting discussion items will include updates from elected officials and the results of HTC's member survey which asked which community issues mattered most to those who completed the questionnaire.
HTC meets monthly and was founded in January 2007 to provide a voice and enhance the quality of life for Hillcrest residents, while working on projects and actions to benefit the neighborhood.
The meeting is open to the everyone, and includes a public comment section.
The Joyce Beers Community Center is located in the Uptown District Shopping Center on Cleveland Avenue in Hillcrest.
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