Port, Chula Vista Celebrate South Bay Power Plant Implosion

Contact: Marketing & Communications (619) 686-6388; Tanya Castaneda (619) 686-6330 - Published on .

imageWith thunderous booms, the monstrous South Bay Power Plant crumbled into history, following a successful implosion along the Chula Vista bayfront on the morning of Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Just after 7 a.m., strategically placed charges brought the mammoth structure down before a crowd of thousands of residents, elected officials and the media.

For the first time since the late 1950's, Chula Vista has an open view to South San Diego Bay. The land can now be used for future parks, as designated by the Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista as part of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.

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The plant's implosion, facilitated by Dynegy South Bay, is an essential step toward redeveloping formerly industrial bayfront land.

The power plant site is a portion of the award-winning Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, a shovel-ready land-use plan that will guide the transformation of more than 500 acres of waterfront property. The plan lays out a future world-class resort and conference destination, complemented by a mix of residential, retail, and more than 240 acres of parks and nature preserve.

The project is expected to generate about 21,000 tons of recyclable metals and up to 3,400 tons of other non-hazardous waste, which will be recycled and salvaged when feasible.

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 VistaCoronadoImperial BeachNational City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 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.

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