San Diego Real Estate
Potential Seaport Village Renovation
Here is some potentially very exciting news regarding the Point Loma area via the San Diego Union-Tribune!!!
The opportunity to transform a major stretch of San Diego’s waterfront has attracted well-known local developers and several companies far from America’s Finest City.
Six developers were among 10 firms that submitted proposals Monday to the Unified Port of San Diego to remake Seaport Village, the 13.2-acre site the port has suggested should become as identifiable to the city as the Sydney Opera House is to Australia.
The port is not allowed to release proposals to the public yet, because it is in negotiations with the companies, but summaries will likely be available by its July meeting.
Three San Diego firms made bids — Gafcon, Manchester Financial Group and OliverMcMillan. Other bids came from McWhinney of Denver, Great Western Pacific of Seattle and Ripley Entertainment of Orlando, Fla.
The major developers did not respond or declined requests to share their proposals Monday afternoon.
Some of the bidders were not developers but offered ideas for what they wanted to see.
The San Diego firm JCJ Architecture designed a vision of the port that includes a soaring hotel and a massive waterfront arts and entertainment center resembling the prow of a ship.
“As international as this city is, we really don’t have a skyline that we recognize,” said Robert Gdowski, managing director of JCJ. “For people outside of San Diego, you’d be pretty hard-pressed to go, ‘Yeah, that’s San Diego.’”
Great Western Pacific of Seattle has teamed up with Santa Monica Seafood Co. to propose developing 3 acres with a fishing theme on the site of Chesapeake Fish Co.
Hal Griffith, president of Great Western Pacific, said his proposal would include a new building for Chesapeake, as well as a fish market and restaurants. He said it would be called the Tuna Bay Pavilion.
“We think there is a tremendous opportunity with the history of San Diego and the fishing industry,” Griffith said. “So, we’re trying to bring that all to the forefront.”
The Yarbrough Group wishes the City of San Diego luck as they go forward with this exciting opportunity!!!
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