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Congresswoman Davis Offers Options On Navy Broadway Project Location

San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis is working on legislation that offers the Navy an alternative to building its new head quarters on San Diego’s waterfront.

Aired 6/5/12 on KPBS News.

San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis is working on legislation that offers the Navy an alternative to building its new head quarters on San Diego’s waterfront.

Congresswoman Davis Offers Options On Navy Broadway Project Location

The Navy has been trying to move ahead on a new Southwest Regional Headquarters for more than two decades.

Developer Doug Manchester won the contract to replace the old military buildings with commercial high rises and a new headquarters, but the Navy Broadway Project is bogged down in lawsuits.

Davis said most military headquarters are built on bases.

“It’s a very large building we’re talking about, that has to be up-armored. A lot of money is being put in to secure it on that location,“ she said. ” Clearly, on a military base you could have a very forward-looking administration building that answers all the needs of Navy Region Southwest and preserves this land for another purpose.“

Davis said she hopes to help find a win-win situation for the Navy and critics of the proposed Navy Broadway Complex. She said having the option to shift the new headquarters to a base could remove some of the barriers to the project.

She would like to see the the Navy have a different kind of presence on the waterfront, one that fits better with the business and tourism center.

Davis’ legislation is part of the Defense Authorization Act, which has passed the House of Representatives but has not yet passed in the Senate.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | June 4, 2012 at 6:51 p.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank goodness **someone** has come to their senses.

This is arguably the most important piece of undeveloped coastal land on the West Coast of the United States, and it should include dynamic, interactive architecture that all citizens can enjoy, not some boring Manchester vanity towers and a closed-off military headquarters.

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Javajoe25 | June 4, 2012 at 8 p.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

I couldn't agree more. While the Navy has always had a major presence in San Diego, it is time it consolidated it's footprint onto the base and allowed the harbor front to be used for something that would benefit locals and visitors. There is no good reason to have the Navy headquartered at the foot of downtown San Diego. We already have the Midway and maritime museum. No one is going to forget the Navy is in San Diego. The right thing to do is to allow that land to be used for something the Navy, citizens, and visitors alike can enjoy.

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