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Navy Broadway Complex to house new Navy offices

A downtown planning group met last night to hear details of the Navy Broadway Complex redevelopment. It was one of three public hearings left before the city gives its OK to the billion dollar Bay front project. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Few financial details have been revealed so far about the ambitious 15 acre redevelopment project on the Embarcadero, but a spokesman for Doug Manchester, the developer, volunteered an estimate of between $1.2 and $1.3 billion. The master plan calls for a new Navy office building to be built first.

When asked why the Navy doesn't build an office at its 32nd St naval base rather than on prime downtown property, Captain Mike Allen said the navy will soon send more ships to the base.

Allen: "We're going to have 45 new hulls in Navy base San Diego, so the operational waterfront is dramatically encumbered with this new class of ships, so to encumber it further with administrative would really hurt us operationally in our readiness."

Much of the open green space in the plan surrounds the new navy office block, part of the security system to keep vehicles away from the building. Alison St John, KPBS news.

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