The Chula Vista Bayfront is located at the south end of San Diego Bay. Approximately 535 acres of industrial bayfront landscape are being transformed into a thriving destination, complete with resort hotels, a convention center, shopping, dining and a marina.
The Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista have been partners in this effort to create the largest waterfront development opportunity on the West Coast, entitled for approximately:
- 600,000 square feet of retaurant, retail and marina support uses - 220,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial recreation/marine-related office uses - 1,100-3,000 space parking garage - 2,850 hotel rooms
The Chula Vista Bayfront is also designed to create new public parks; provide long-awaited, enhanced shoreline recreation; and protect, promote and enhance the area’s environmentally-sensitive resources. Planned improvements include:
- 70 acres of new parks (100 acres total, including existing parks) - 120 acres of open space, habitat replacement, wetlands and ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources - Shoreline promenade, walking trails and bicycle path network
Chula Vista Resort and Convention Center RIDA Chula Vista, LLC was awarded the opportunity to develop a resort hotel and convention center on a 36-acre site. Negotiations are in process with the developer for a proposed project including:
- 1,450 hotel rooms - 275,000 usable square feet of convention and meeting space - 100,000 square feet of restaurant space - 20,000 square feet of retail space
Costa Vista RV Park 19 acres within the Chula Vista Bayfront were recently awarded to Sun Communities & Northgate Resorts for the development and operation of a destination RV Park that will include:
- RV sites - Vacation rentals - Recreational rentals - Pool, hot-tub and splashpad - other high quality amenities
A public ceremony was held at Chula Vista Bayfront Park on September 10, 2015 to unveil a new monument honoring the history of the former South Bay Power Plant. Titled "Powering the Arts," the 25-foot high structure is partially comprised of artifacts salvaged from the site of the former plant.
The South Bay Power Plant was located on the waterfront of Chula Vista from 1958-2013. During that time, it provided essential power to the region. Hundreds of locals were employed there over the decades. In October 2010, the California Independent System Operator notified the plant's operator, Dynegy South Bay, that the plant could be taken out of service because it was no longer needed for the region's power grid. On February 2, 2013, the plant was imploded.
"RIDA has the proven ability to develop a transformational project that will rejuvenate the Chula Vista Bayfront and the entire South Bay," said Port Chairman Dan Malcolm. "Among the many benefits of the project, it will provide access to the waterfront and create thousands of new jobs."
The Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista celebrated the completion of the H Street Extension project in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 30, 2014. The project created a new connection from the San Diego Bay waterfront to the main streets in western Chula Vista. The $7.2 million project is part of the Port's Capital Improvement Program.
Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox and Port Commissioner Ann Moore commemorated the new entryway by cutting a red ribbon, marking the opening of the newly extended roadway.