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Port Approves Major Steps in Chula Vista Bayfront Resort Hotel and Convention Center Project

The Port of San Diego continues to make significant progress on the Chula Vista Bayfront resort hotel and convention center project. On June 18, 2019, the Board of Port Commissioners authorized issuance of a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) and granted project approval to RIDA Chula Vista, LLC, the Port’s development partner on the project.

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“These are significant milestones. We’ve been working diligently with the City of Chula Vista and the RIDA Development Corporation. Residents from around the region as well as visitors and conventioneers can experience our revitalized bayfront. Thousands of folks will be employed at the Chula Vista Bayfront,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Board of Port Commissioners.

“This is a great day for Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego and the region,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “We are thrilled the Port Commissioners approved the development permit for RIDA Development to construct our world-class hotel and convention center on the Chula Vista Bayfront. We look forward to the groundbreaking celebration in 2020!”

“We established many goals in the very beginning and we’re delivering. This project will bring a world-class hotel and convention center to the Chula Vista Bayfront while also providing a vehicle to build future public parks, restore sensitive habitat, and construct public infrastructure. This is an important project for the South Bay and it couldn’t happen without the collaboration between the Port, the City and RIDA,” said Port of San Diego Commissioner Ann Moore, the Board’s Chula Vista Representative.

After the Port issues the CDP to RIDA, next steps include securing financing, obtaining building and grading permits, close of escrow and lease execution. The Port currently anticipates site preparation and public infrastructure to begin in mid-2020.

“We were very pleased to receive unanimous approval from the Port of San Diego, supported by the City of Chula Vista.  We appreciate their collaborative partnership to date and look forward to working together to complete documentation and begin construction of the finest conference resort in the country,” said Ira Mitzner, President of RIDA Development Corporation.

The Chula Vista Bayfront resort hotel and convention center will be operated by Gaylord Hotels, the large convention hotel brand of Marriott International. It will include:

  • up to 1,600 hotel rooms;
  • approximately 400,000 square feet of convention and meeting space (including pre-function space);
  • retail and resort-level amenities such as:
    • restaurant/bar/lounge facilities;
    • recreational facilities;
    • a spa;
    • a pool with a lazy river;
    • bike and boat rentals; and more.

To ensure connectivity between the resort hotel and convention center and the wider Chula Vista Bayfront area, this project includes a Public Access Plan. Highlights include a public esplanade and a plaza and activity village with pedestrian promenades and bike paths, dining and snack stands, game activities, public art, and a pool with public access. The public will also be able to enjoy shopping and dining amenities, viewing terraces and lookout points, water features, beach games and more.

The project will be constructed west of Marina Parkway between H and G Streets. Public infrastructure improvements will begin first and could get underway in mid-2020, which includes preliminary site preparation, building access roads and new public streets (portions of E, G and H Streets), and providing utility services.

The project cost is estimated to be approximately $1.13 billion and is expected to have a tremendous regional economic impact, generating approximately $1.3 billion. RIDA estimates approximately 10,000 jobs (both direct and indirect) will be created during the construction period, and once built, another $475 million is anticipated to be generated per year with 1,500 permanent jobs created.

The resort hotel and convention center is the centerpiece and catalyst project of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP), a decade-long joint planning effort by the Port, the City of Chula Vista and a broad coalition of stakeholders. The CVBMP was collaboratively planned through extensive public outreach that included more than 100 community meetings and resulted in a comprehensive Environmental Impact Report and Port Master Plan Amendment, which was approved by the Board in May 2010 and certified by the California Coastal Commission in August 2012. When complete, the public will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining and more. The CVBMP also establishes ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources.

The City of Chula Vista is located at the center of one of the richest cultural, economic and environmentally diverse zones in the United States. It is the second-largest City in San Diego County with a population of 270,000. Chula Vista boasts more than 50 square miles with coastal landscape, rolling hills, 65 parks, a marina, and miles of trails. Chula Vista is a leader in conservation and renewable energy, has outstanding public schools, and has been named one of the top safest cities in the country. Established neighborhoods, contemporary communities, corporations, a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and historic downtown all contribute to Chula Vista’s attraction for both families and businesses. A promising future includes implementing smart city technology citywide, developing the 500-acre Chula Vista Bayfront, and planning for a new university on 375 acres.

RIDA Development Corporation is a full-service real estate organization that has created and invested in innovative and economically successful office, residential, industrial, hospitality and retail developments for more than forty years. RIDA Development's corporate headquarters is located in Houston, TX with regional offices in Orlando, FL, Denver, CO, and Warsaw, Poland. These centralized locations allow RIDA Development to intimately oversee its projects in the US as well as Europe. RIDA Development’s recent hospitality developments include the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Hilton Orlando, Marriott Marquis Houston, and Gaylord Rockies.

Gaylord Hotels® is a collection of hotels and upscale resorts that afford endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The brand’s hallmark—“everything in one place”—provides guests with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities. Gaylord Hotels is a pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation’s most desirable destinations. Gaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn.; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Fla. near Orlando; Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas; Gaylord National® on the Potomac in National Harbor, Md.; Gaylord Rockies™ near Denver, Co; and The Inn at Opryland® in Nashville, Tenn.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development contributes to the continuous prosperity of the local economy.

From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.