The Port of San Diego has completed a revised final report on the environmental impacts of the Sunroad Harbor Island Hotel Project and East Harbor Island Subarea Port Master Plan Amendment. A public hearing on the report will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at the regular Board of Port Commissioners Meeting.
Members of the public, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to attend the 1 p.m. meeting at the Port of San Diego Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego.
The Revised Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the project. The project involves (1) redeveloping the property located at 955 Harbor Island Drive, which is leased to Sunroad Marina Partners, LP, with a four-story 175-room hotel ("Sunroad Harbor Island Hotel"), reconfiguring the paved areas, realigning a portion of East Harbor Island Drive, reducing the size of the traffic circle and enhancing public access along the water side of the proposed hotel, and realigning the existing sewer, water and utility lines; and (2) a Port Master Plan Amendment to allow the potential future development of an additional 325 rooms that could be divided into up to two additional hotels on East Harbor Island. At this time there are no plans for developing more than the 175-room Sunroad Harbor Island Hotel.
The Revised Final EIR summarizes the project's probable environmental effects on land/water use and coastal access, biological resources, aesthetics, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, traffic and parking, air quality, noise, geology and soils, public services and utilities, recreation, and cumulative impacts.
This Revised Final Environmental Impact Report supersedes the Final Environmental Impact Report that was certified by the Board of Port Commissioners on June 14, 2011 and rescinded on August 14, 2012.
The Board of Port Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on the Revised Final Environmental Impact Report and its associated Port Master Plan Amendment at the Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Board of Port Commissioners meeting.
About the Port:
The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.
The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 20 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.
The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.