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San Diego Hotel Proposal Gets Scrutiny

The Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners Tuesday directed staff to begin an environmental review of a proposed project that would result in the construction of two hotels near the San Diego Convention Center.

Photo credit: Michael Schuerman

A view of the San Diego Convention Center and the downtown skyline from Coronado, Feb. 14, 2015.

The proposal by Fifth Avenue Landing LLC could have a major impact on a future expansion of the center, which has been held up by litigation. Plans for a contiguous expansion of the facility would keep its exhibit space together as preferred by tourism leaders, and could require some of Fifth Avenue Landing's property.

The company holds a ground lease for six acres adjacent to the center, and after waiting for several years for the convention center's expansion project to begin, the company informed city officials last year it would have to move ahead with its hotel proposal.

In calling for the environmental review, the commissioners did not address the convention center expansion issue, said spokeswoman Tanya Castaneda.

Fifth Avenue Landing's preliminary plans include a 44-story convention hotel of up to 850 rooms and a five-story lower-cost tourist hotel with 565 beds. The project would also include a retail development, open space plazas, a parking garage, a bridge from the hotel tower to public viewing areas of the convention center, and a marina expansion.

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