So we all know the Chargers have been looking at putting a stadium in the East Village near PETCO Park and one of the buildings on the site is the historic Wonderbread building. That building would of course need to be demolished before any construction could take place. However I learned some info last weekend that brings the possibility of that happening into serious doubt.
For any that don't know, Mission Brewing Co. moved into the Wonderbread building in the last year and has set up a substantial brewing operation inside the old building incorporating parts of the old bread making process into their substantial beer ops. I spoke with them last weekend while sampling a few of their fine brews and according to Mission Brewing, there will never been a Chargers Stadium that sits on that site. They have apparently consulted their lawyers and Mission Brewing's hold in the building is iron clad and due to the uniqueness of the building and the infrastructure inside it would be irreplaceable. To even have a chance the city would have to try to use Eminent Domain and win the resultant court battles over that use before any construction could occur (which is in no way guaranteed after the reforms to ED in California after the disastrous 2005 Supreme Ct Kelo decision).
Really begs the question to me if the city and team shouldn't just give up on the site altogether since it was already questionable and focus their efforts on a place that makes more sense like the Qualcomm Parking lot.