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Port Moving Forward With Embarcadero Plan

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Aired 8/4/10

The plan to make over San Diego’s downtown water front is moving forward again; the process had been stalled for several months.

— The plan to make over San Diego’s downtown water front is moving forward again. The process had been stalled for several months.

Port staff presented the Commission with two options Tuesday: start trying to find some place to put a public park, or vote to amend its master plan -- a two year process.

The first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan has been stalled since April. That’s when the Coastal Commission blocked the Port’s efforts to get started. The Commission said the Port needed to find a way to replace a large oval park at the foot of Broadway that the Port had removed from the plans. Since then the Port’s been negotiating with open space advocates who’ve sued over the issue.

Commissioner Lou Smith says the project finally has some momentum.

"I think we have to do the faster of the two paths," Smith said. "If for no other reason than the iron’s as hot as it’s going to get. And I’m worried we’ll, that we’ll just never accomplish anything if we don’t move right now."

The developers of the Lane Field project along Harbor Drive say there’s a possibility their development could be reconfigured to include some public open space. The Port will hold public meetings and continue to negotiate with those involved in the coming months.

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Avatar for user 'xwagner'

xwagner | August 4, 2010 at 11:37 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

San Diego is not and will never be San Francisco. This project sounds like yet another expensive waste of funds.

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LaPlayaHeritage | August 4, 2010 at 2:41 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

A great solution to a lack of open space and park land in the North Embarcadero and a new City Hall involves the City of San Diego requiring a valid fault investigation for the Navy Broadway Complex after this 6 Year delay. Then the presumed Active Coronado Fault of the Active Rose Canyon Fault Zone would be confirmed or denied in the North Embarcadero.

Building locations would have to change and the Navy's West Coast Headquarters would have to be moved to a secure Naval Base location. A better location would be the Point Loma Anti-Submarine Warfare base, with the City giving back the Navy part of NTC/Liberty Station at the proposed, but now dead, Nickleodean Hotel that is now a parking lot.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/laplayaheritage/3926479539/in/set-72157622265528427/

Then a multi-agency high rise campus can be built for San Diegans for the City of San Diego, the Port of San Diego, and the State of California Headquarters. Right on our public waterfront with parks and open space on the 8+ acres underlined by the presumed Active Coronado Fault.

The money for construction would come from selling both the City and State of California buildings, because both buildings are unsafe and should be condemned.

http://www.sandiego.gov/planning/genplan/pdf/generalplan/tocprefaceintro.pdf

John Nolen's 1908 and 1926 plans for San Diego included proposed harborfront location for a Civic Center, grouping public buildings, developing the downtown waterfront into a recreational and transportation center.

In 1938 a Civic Center that grouped both the County of San Diego and City of San Diego's administration offices opened on the Waterfront.

In 1963, the City of San Diego left the joint waterfront Civic Center building, and the building is now known as the County Administration Center (CAC).

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/cob/docs/cacs/part4.pdf

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