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Port of San Diego Approves Costa Vista RV Resort Project for Chula Vista Bayfront

Port of San Diego Approves Costa Vista RV Resort Project for Chula Vista Bayfront (Conceptual architectural rendering by Tucker

The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has approved a new RV park for the Chula Vista Bayfront. At its meeting on April 10, 2018, the Board granted concept approval for the Costa Vista RV Resort project proposed by Sun Communities, Inc. (Sun Communities) and authorized issuance of a Coastal Development Permit, pending satisfaction of certain conditions.

“Sun Communities has demonstrated a willingness to be great partners by not only designing a project that is sure to become a premier, waterfront RV camping experience in Chula Vista, but by also including offsite improvements in the project to enhance the overall experience for all who live, work and play along the Chula Vista waterfront,” said Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Board of Port Commissioners.

“The Chula Vista Bayfront project takes a monumental step forward with the commencement of our first development project, the Costa Vista RV Resort,” said Port of San Diego Commissioner Ann Moore, the Board’s Chula Vista representative. “Together with the City of Chula Vista, the Port is creating a waterfront that people can access and enjoy, with over 40 percent of the land set aside for parks and open space. We are proud to partner with Sun Communities on the RV resort, which will help create a more active and vibrant waterfront in the South Bay.”

Depending on various factors, construction could commence as early as summer 2018 and the RV park could open as early as late 2019.

After a public competitive process, the Board selected Sun Communities & Northgate Resorts LLC, together referred to as Sun, in April 2017 to develop and operate an RV park in the northern Sweetwater District of the Chula Vista Bayfront. The scenic site is located at E Street and Bay Boulevard near the Living Coast Discovery Center, the Sweetwater National Wildlife Refuge and the Bayshore Bikeway. With stunning views of San Diego Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the downtown San Diego skyline, proposed features of the Costa Vista RV Resort include:

  • 255 spaces, including 139 RV stalls and 116 RV Park Models (RV Park Models are unique, trailer-type units that provide temporary accommodations for recreation, camping or seasonal use. They are designed to look like a home but, like any RV, need to be hooked up to site electricity, sewer and water.)
  • Aquatic features including a children’s play pool, family pool and Jacuzzi
  • Day spa/salon, massage/treatment rooms, sauna, work-out gym
  • Grill/restaurant
  • Entertainment arcade, game room
  • Business center and a multi-purpose room for educational and large guest gathering
  • A covered picnic area with outdoor grills
  • Children’s rock climbing and playground, bocce ball courts and horseshoe pits
  • Protected dog area
  • Welcome center with a marketplace, restrooms, showers and guest laundry facilities

Offsite improvements such as relocating and building new roads, building new sidewalks, and installing utilities, are also proposed as part of the project.

“The team at Sun Communities is thrilled that we have reached this milestone in our development plan, and we are looking forward to memorializing our partnership with the Port of San Diego and our commitment to the Chula Vista community,” said John Mclaren, President & COO of Sun Communities, Inc. “We believe our proposed resort will be the finest coastal RV resort in California in a location that is truly irreplaceable given the extraordinary future of the Chula Vista Bayfront.”

Sun Communities is one of the largest operators of RV resorts in North America, currently owning and operating 100 RV resorts across 29 states and two countries. Sun Communities has extensive development experience with more than 2,000 units currently under construction, as well as a proven track record of success in financing, developing, and operating quality RV resorts.

The Costa Vista RV Resort will be the first major new component of the 535-acre Chula Vista Bayfront redevelopment project, paving the way for the future resort hotel and convention center. A new public park and public infrastructure, such as new roads and utilities, will also be built with the resort hotel and convention center, the anchor and centerpiece of the overall redevelopment project. When the Chula Vista Bayfront project is complete, the public will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, marine improvements, RV camping, shopping, dining and more.

About Sun Communities:
Sun Communities, Inc. is a fully integrated real estate investment trust which, together with their affiliates and predecessors, have been in the business of acquiring, operating, developing, and expanding manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities since 1975.

Sun Communities became a publicly owned corporation in December 1993 with 31 communities and 6,000 sites. As of December 31 2017, Sun owns and operates 350 manufactured housing and RV communities (approx. 122,000 developed sites) located in 29 states and Ontario. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: SUI. Additional information regarding Sun’s corporate profile can be found in its most recent SEC Form 10-K and 10-Q filings, which are available online at

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.