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Central Embarcadero Redevelopment

The Port is pursuing redevelopment of the Central Embarcadero and has selected a proposal by 1HWY1, while reserving certain rights on behalf of the agency. This is a prime site of approximately 70 acres of land and water situated between downtown San Diego and the San Diego bayfront. This highly visible and desirable area includes Seaport Village, Santa Monica Seafood (formerly Chesapeake Fish), and surrounding areas between the Hyatt and the USS Midway Museum. The Headquarters and The Fish Market Restaurant are within the boundary but excluded from the proposal process because there are long-term leases on those properties.

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FAQs - Central Embarcadero Redevelopment

Waterfront Development Opportunity

 

Summary

The Port of San Diego is pursuing redevelopment of the central area of the San Diego Embarcadero. Ideally located between downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay, the Central Embarcadero area (which includes Seaport Village, Santa Monica Seafood (formerly Chesapeake Fish) and surrounding areas between the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the USS Midway) presents an opportunity for a signature waterfront development to attract and benefit both locals and visitors to San Diego Bay. 

What’s happening?

The Port of San Diego has been pursuing redevelopment of the Central Embarcadero through an open, public and competitive process.

  • October 6, 2015 - Board of Port Commissioners directs staff to move forward on a redevelopment strategy for the Central Embarcadero.
  • December 8, 2015 - Board unanimously votes to direct staff to seek redevelopment proposals for this area.
  • February 22, 2016 - Port issues Request for Proposals (RFP). Bidding information is publicly posted on PlanetBids.
  • May 2, 2016 - Due date for proposals. Eleven are received, and six proposals met criteria for consideration.
  • June 13-14, 2016 - As part of efforts to encourage community engagement, Port hosts an Open House, inviting the community to preview the six proposals and provide comments. More than 1,200 people attend.
  • July 13, 2016 - Board directs staff to exclusively continue discussions with 1HWY1 to further evaluate their proposal, while not eliminating the other five proposals.
  • November 8, 2016 - Board votes to select the 1HWY1 proposal (1HWY1 proposal), while reserving certain rights on behalf of the agency. The Board’s action formally concludes the competitive process, eliminating the other five active proposals from consideration.
  • May 16, 2017 - Board directs staff to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) for a period of two years, with a project description to be completed in one year.
  • August 2017 - Port issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a third party to manage and operate Seaport Village on an interim basis after the current lease expires on September 30, 2018 and until the redevelopment of the Central Embarcadero.
  • October 2017 - Port enters into an ENA for a period of two years, with a project description to be completed in one year.
  • March 2018 - 1HWY1 presented a series of recent changes to their proposal and sought early feedback from the Board prior to finalizing their project description.
  • October 2018 - A project description will be due from 1HWY1 and will require review and consideration by Port staff and then the Board. If directed by the Board, Port staff will begin the environmental review process, which is expected to be approximately two years. Subsequent approvals and permits may also be required from other governmental agencies. Therefore, construction is not expected to begin any sooner than four to six years.

Where is this and how big is the site?

The proposed redevelopment area comprises approximately 40 acres of land and 30 acres of water. It is bordered by the USS Midway Museum and Harbor Drive to the north, Manchester Grand Hyatt and Kettner Boulevard to the east, and San Diego Bay to the south and west. The site also includes Embarcadero Marina Park North, Ruocco Park and Tuna Harbor. The Headquarters and The Fish Market Restaurant are within the boundary but excluded from the plan due to long-term leases on those properties.

How did the Port choose a proposal?

The goal was to select a high-quality proposal for the site, potentially with the creation of a significant architectural feature or focal point to create a unique identity for the area and the bay. The proposals were required to build on the Integrated Planning Vision Statement and Guiding Principles that were accepted by the Board in 2014, and the Framework Report accepted by the Board in November 2015. Specifically, proposals for the site needed to consider:

  • More public space on the water
  • Extending streets to the water
  • Preserving and enhancing view corridors
  • Facilitating the enjoyment of the bay

How can I have input into this process?

The Port is committed to public input. The public can provide input at meetings of the Board of Port Commissioners, which are publicly noticed. In addition, any project will undergo environmental review, which offers additional opportunities for public input. 

What is the impact on businesses within Seaport Village?

The Seaport San Diego proposal includes retail and public market components that could provide future small business opportunities. The 1HWY1 team has stated that discussions with the existing tenants have been ongoing and are working toward developing a plan to be provided at a later date. It is important to note that the Port’s direct relationship is with TRC (formerly Terramar Retail Centers), which has a lease for the Port land. The retail and restaurant businesses within Seaport Village are sub-tenants of TRC. The 40-year TRC lease expires September 30, 2018. In August 2017, the Port issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a third party to manage and operate Seaport Village on behalf of the Port until the redevelopment of the Central Embarcadero. This will allow the retailers, restaurants and other businesses to operate on an interim basis after TRC’s lease expires. At this time, the interim operating period is estimated at up to six years, but may vary.

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