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San Diego’s Navy Broadway Complex Still Not A Done Deal

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Manchester Pacific Gateway, the contentious mega-development project on the downtown waterfront, received approval last Wednesday from the board of Civic San Diego, the city-owned non-profit development agency.

The San Diego City Council will have no further input in the project.

The inauguration of phase one, demolition of headquarters of the Navy's Southwest Region and its accompanying parking lots, formerly known as the Navy Broadway Complex, is set to begin in March, 2016.

The project, conceived in 1992, is 3-million square-feet of office towers, hotels, retail, a museum and a small park. The Navy entered into a development agreement with developer Doug Manchester for the property in 2006. In return, Manchester agreed to build the Navy a new 351,000 square-foot headquarters building.

There is one current hurdle for the project to leap. A lawsuit filed by San Diego attorney Cory Briggs is pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A ruling is expected soon.

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