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Navy Broadway Complex To Make Way For $1.3B Development

Navy Broadway Complex To Make Way For $1.3B Development

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Perry Dealy, development manager, Manchester Pacific Gateway

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The development will include a new building for the Navy's headquarters, four office buildings, two hotels, a museum, an area for shopping and a park.

Demolition began this week on the Navy Broadway Complex in downtown San Diego. It will be replaced by a development that will include a new building for the Navy's headquarters, four office buildings, two hotels, a museum, an area for shopping and a park.

The development, the Manchester Pacific Gateway project, will be between Pacific Highway and North Harbor Drive, south of Broadway. It is expected to cost $1.3 billion and has been in the works for more than a decade. The project faced a number of legal challenges which were resolved in December when the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

“In the 11 years that we have fought for this development, our enthusiasm and commitment has never wavered,” said Doug Manchester, the developer.

Perry Dealy, the development manager for the Manchester Pacific Gateway project, will join Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about the plans for the development.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Manchester Pacific Gateway

A rendering of the Manchester Pacific Gateway project.

When it is finished, the development will open up F and G streets, which are currently blocked by parking lots between downtown and the bay.

The site has been called San Diego’s front porch, an iconic waterfront location that some have compared to the site of the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Dealy said the architect, Art Gensler, has added an original feature to the high-rises in Manchester Pacific Gateway.

“One of the key features is, we’re going to have a two-tower hotel,” he said. ”And we’re going to have a sky bridge coming across at the top floors of that hotel, which will be very prominent, both in terms of those inside the hotel, but also looking at it from the bay and Harbor Drive downtown.”

One reason opponents fought the project is because they thought building a new Navy headquarters downtown could pose a security threat. Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, suggested the Navy consider relocating its headquarters to the 32nd Street Naval Base. The Navy said much of the work being done at the headquarters involved meetings with business interests based downtown.

Attorney Cory Briggs, who filed several lawsuits to block the project and ultimately lost in federal court last year, said he had no comment, now that demolition on the site has begun.

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