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San Diego City Council To Consider Horton Plaza Park Specifics

An artist's rendering of what the park near Horton Plaza might look like.

Westfield

Above: An artist's rendering of what the park near Horton Plaza might look like.

The San Diego City Council is scheduled Tuesday to consider approving plans and specifications for an $11.7 million public park project at Horton Plaza that's about one year behind schedule.

City officials envision a 37,000-square-foot urban plaza at the site of the former Robinsons/May building that would host around 200 events a year, including concerts, cultural festivals and civic celebrations. Demolition of the building and surrounding grounds began in November 2012.

The actual plans for building the site back up were never approved, however. The project was also subject to numerous uncertainties created by the dissolution of the redevelopment system in California.

That's left the front of Horton Plaza along Broadway walled-off to the public while very little work has taken place over the last several months. The park had been scheduled to open this spring, but the estimate is now the summer of 2015, said Daniel Kay of Civic San Diego.

The project will include restoration of a fountain and a lawn; construction of an amphitheater; underground storage; installation of granite paving, chairs and tables; the building of public restrooms, retail and refreshment pavilions, according to city documents.

When the park is completed, it will be owned by the city but managed for 25 years by Westfield, the international operator of shopping malls.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | February 4, 2014 at 8:46 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

who's connected buddies get the contract?

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Avatar for user 'Naraka'

Naraka | February 4, 2014 at 1:12 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

How do you do the demolition and not have plans for approved for building!!!
Even for local government this seems immensely stupid!

Live downtown, walk by the ugly walled off construction zone all the time. Had been telling ppl about the great park opening soon... Right in the gaslamp where all our tourists and convention center ppl go. way to go san diego...

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | February 4, 2014 at 2:52 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Agree with Naraka. This is the first time I've heard of the delays or that it wasn't approved.

If one walks past and sees all the self-promoting signs and renderings on the fence, one is led to believe this is on-track and being built as planned.

This sits right in front of one of the city's most expensive hotels and to hear it will be a walled-off eyesore for a least another year is certainly not good news for tourists and locals alike.

The city dropped the ball big time here!

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Avatar for user 'sdreefer21'

sdreefer21 | February 4, 2014 at 10:40 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

As soon as this thing is done it will be just another urban camping spot. Just like the set of tables closest to the midway museum. The same group of monsters resides there day after day.

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