Future for Chula Vista Bayfront is Wide Open
What's next for Chula Vista following the news that Gaylord Entertainment has withdrawn its proposal to develop a 32-acre site along the city's bayfront? Is this an opportunity to redraw plans for th
Tom Fudge: Prior to last week, the desire in Chula Vista to develop their bayfront could be summed up in one word: Gaylord. That was the name of the development company that hoped to build hotels and a convention center on 32 acres of prime bayfront property. The city negotiated with Gaylord for years to try to make it happen. But the company has abandoned plans after saying the development process in California was too burdensome and too expensive.
This was quite a blow to Chula Vista, which is looking at some serious municipal budget cuts due to the housing implosion. The Gaylord properties would have created a large number of jobs and an estimated $ 20 million in tax revenues. So what's next in the plans to redevelop San Diego County's second largest city? And, what does Chula Vista want to be when it grows up?