The Port of San Diego continues to prepare for future construction on the Chula Vista Bayfront and has revised the timeline for the work. On July 16, 2018, the Port will resume work to import soil to the site of the planned resort hotel and convention center located at the intersection of Sandpiper Way and Bayside Parkway. The soil is needed to increase elevation to accommodate future potential sea level rise and to improve drainage. The Port requests and appreciates patience from the public and businesses in the area as truck traffic ramps up during this important project.
Trucks will be transporting the soil to the bayfront between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, during two time periods. The first time period is scheduled to be completed around August 11, 2018. The second time period is tentatively scheduled to begin on August 20 and is anticipated to go through late October 2018. The truck route has been shifted from an earlier plan in order to minimize traffic impacts. Trucks will be entering and exiting Interstate 5 via H Street.
Additionally, crews are conducting demolition work just southeast of H Street and Marina Parkway, known as South Campus, a site formerly occupied by Rohr Industries. The work primarily involves the removal of concrete foundation slabs and asphalt concrete pavement areas. Demolition began on June 4, 2018 and is anticipated to be completed around August 8, 2018. After demolition is complete, grading activities will take place until mid-October. Equipment and trucks will enter the bayfront from southbound Interstate 5 via J Street to Marina Parkway and will exit the bayfront via Marina Parkway to H Street.
The Chula Vista Bayfront resort hotel and convention center will be constructed between H and G Streets west of Marina Parkway. It will be developed by RIDA Chula Vista, LLC and operated by Gaylord Hotels, the large convention hotel brand of Marriott International. It will include approximately 1,600 hotel rooms, 275,000 usable square feet of convention and meeting space and associated 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.
Construction on public infrastructure improvements associated with the hotel project could get underway as soon as 2019, which includes additional site preparation, building access roads and new public streets (portions of E, G and H Streets), providing utility services and building the new Harbor Park.
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 of Port Commissioners 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.
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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach