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Old December 1st, 2015, 04:29 AM   #1301
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San Diego’s Rockefeller Center?



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Civic San Diego reviews $1.2 billion Manchester Pacific Gateway, reaction wasn’t particularly favorable

Manchester Pacific Gateway, the planned $1.2 billion redevelopment of the 13.7-acre Navy Broadway Complex, in the works for nearly 30 years, finally got a close look by the city’s downtown review agency and the reaction wasn’t particularly favorable.

“It’s clear this project was influenced by Rockefeller Center,” said Jeff Gattas, chairman of Civic San Diego, a city-owned nonprofit.

He didn’t mean that as a compliment. The project in his view would replace two block-sized, monolithic buildings with seven others.

New York City’s Rockefeller Center, built on 22 acres in the 1930s, is a Art Deco national landmark that includes includes Radio City Music Hall, NBC studios and the famous ice skating rink lorded over by a golden statue of Prometheus.

But it was bulk and scale of Rockefeller Center that Gattas apparently thought wasn’t appropriate on San Diego’s waterfront.

“I don’t think it meets the design (concepts) of where we are in 2015 for Civic San Diego,” Gattas said of Pacific Gateway.

Director Murtaza Baxamusa objected to the fact that the City Council won’t have a final say under terms granted in 1992 through a development agreement with the Navy. Much has changed over the years, he said, but the development cannot be revised.

“We’re analyzing a product design for 1992 because that’s what this responds to,” Baxamusa said. “We’re in 2015 now and we’re supposed to ignore all the information that’s come out since, including sea-level rise?”

But as several directors and the staff reminded the board, a 1987 federal law and the 1992 development agreement limit what locals can do about a federally owned piece of land that voters gave the Navy in 1920.

The California Coastal Commission, which originally approved the plan, sued to reconsider the project but lately settled after some minor changes were made.

The goal under a federal law sponsored by then-Rep. Bill Lowery, R-San Diego, was to lease the property for 99 years to a developer. The builder would be free to build 3 million square feet of office, hotel and retail space as long as the Navy gets a new 351,000-square-foot headquarters building at no cost to taxpayers.

And that’s what developer Doug Manchester, former publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune, has been planning since winning the lease in 2006.

If the final legal hurdles can be overcome, construction could start next year and the first phase completed in 2019.


By the numbers: block by block

Size and location: 13.7 acres bounded by Broadway, Pacific Highway, Harbor Drive

Block 1: 1.9 acre park; 27-story, 807,000-square-foot office tower; 88,000 square feet retail.

Block 2: 29-story, 1.1 million-square-foot hotel with 1,200 rooms and 18,000 square feet of supporting retail; 40,000-square-foot museum with 25,000 square feet of retail.

Block 3: Eight-story, 178,000-square-foot office building with 18,000 square feet of retail; 18-story, 351,000-square-foot Navy headquarters building

Block 4: Six-story, 64,000-square-foot office tower; 10-story, 147,000-square-foot hotel with 190 rooms; 76,000 square feet of retail.


Many ideas have been proposed for redevelopment of the land, most often a local version of Chicago’s celebrated 24.5-acre Millennium Park on the site of former railyards. The argument went that with so much high-rise development happening downtown, some breathing room was needed at the waterfront.

Some critics, including Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, suggested the Navy have its building constructed elsewhere on a local military base where security would be tighter than in a downtown setting.

But the Navy stuck by its original plan and Kevin Heinly, principal and managing director of Gensler’s San Diego office, presented the detailed architectural concept drawings for the first time to CivicSD for a final consistency determination. Final action is scheduled Dec. 9.

“Rockefeller Center was one of the inspirations,” Heinly acknowledged in an interview. But he promised anything but a monolithic behemoth on San Diego Bay.

“As it evolves, you’ll see a greater degree of variation integrated into the project,” he said in an interview after the CivicSD meeting.

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Shouldn't they name the complex in honor of the Navy or someone famous from the Navy rather than "Manchester Pacific Gateway"?
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 08:31 AM   #1303
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 08:51 AM   #1304
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Interesting vantage point: kind of look like entrance to Downtown Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 07:04 AM   #1305
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Old December 24th, 2015, 08:08 AM   #1306
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Old December 24th, 2015, 08:14 AM   #1307
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High-Rise Proposed for 520 W. Ash in Little Italy



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A 24-story mixed-use tower has been proposed for the northwest corner of Columbia and Ash in Little Italy. Civic San Diego received the proposal earlier this month from Lennar Multifamily Communities.

The building would include five levels of underground parking, 4,943 square feet of commercial space at ground level, three additional levels of above-ground parking, and 19 levels of residential units. A rooftop common area would feature a pool and outdoor space for residents.

The project site is located at 520 W. Ash Street, where a three-story office building currently stands. The 266-foot-tall development would also replace the Crossfit Invictus building located at 1446 Columbia Street.
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Old December 29th, 2015, 05:05 AM   #1308
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Where's the Pacific Gateway Tower by Bosa? Isn't that project rising now?
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Interesting vantage point: kind of look like entrance to Downtown Johannesburg, South Africa.
They should be breaking ground on the second tower anytime now, if they haven't already.
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Old December 29th, 2015, 05:08 AM   #1310
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The construction should really pick up in 2016 almost as much before the economic downturn that struck downtown in 2010.
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Old January 10th, 2016, 12:20 AM   #1311
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Legoland wants to build a 2nd hotel

Just two years after opening its first hotel, Legoland is looking to build a second one on its Carlsbad theme park property.

Like the current hotel, the project is planned to be three stories with 250 Lego-themed rooms and suites, situated on what is now a parking area. Details are still few, as Legoland only submitted a development application last month to the city of Carlsbad and is still early in the design stage.

What is known is that it will resemble a castle, complete with turrets, will have a variety of themed rooms and will be located west of the existing Legoland Hotel in front of the Sea Life Aquarium. Plans call for a full-service restaurant and gift shop, a swimming pool and outdoor play areas, Legoland spokeswoman Julie Estrada said Friday.

Ideally, Legoland and its parent company Merlin Entertainments would like to see the hotel open by 2018, she said.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 04:41 AM   #1312
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Aquarium to follow Scripps' global expeditions

Scripps operates the nearby Birch Aquarium, which is undergoing a major makeover designed to give the institution the ability to broadly showcase its field research, including work conducted on its research ships.

The vision is that by September, half of the aquarium’s floor space will be turned into “Expedition!” — a highly interactive exhibit that will feature an expedition staging area, a polar habitat, a laboratory similar to those on Scripps’ vessels and instruments that are used across varied lands, down deep in the seas and high up in the air.

Visitors will be able to view webcam feeds from select ships, listen to audio clips of ice breaking in Antarctica and try on the sort of survival suits that scientists wear at the poles.

The aquarium plans to pay special attention to tracking life aboard the Sally Ride, a new research vessel that will formally join the Scripps fleet this summer. The $71 million ship is named after Sally Ride, who in 1983 became the first American woman to travel in space. Ride, who also served on the UC San Diego faculty and died in La Jolla in 2012, is the first person widely known around the world to have a Scripps ship named after her.
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UCSD hospital price tag now nearly $1B
Added features, accelerated timeline and project management difficulties are cited
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Old January 26th, 2016, 05:58 AM   #1314
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Televangelist Morris Cerullo wants to build a Bible-themed resort in San Diego

Televangelist Morris Cerullo, widely known for his overseas healing crusades and the occasional legal skirmish, now is hoping to cement his spiritual legacy with the help of hologram-filled catacombs, a 20-foot-tall wailing wall and an interactive biblical museum.

More than four years after purchasing a foreclosed Mission Valley hotel, the Pentecostal preacher is banking on faithful followers and religious-minded tourists to flock to a planned Christian-themed resort that will transport them to biblical times — with underground passages reminiscent of Rome and a domed theater outfitted with full-motion seats and sensory effects simulating wind, snow and fog.

The $125-million project, which needs approval from the San Diego City Council, promises to transform the 18-acre site into a tourist destination that could draw as many as 400,000 visitors a year. And according to Cerullo, not all of them will be seeking the Gospel, project leaders said.

"This idea of themed entertainment is going to start reaching into … museums, the waterfront," said Jim Penner, executive director of the Morris Cerullo Legacy Center. "It's a business model. It's just based around religious themes rather than secular themes."
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Proposed San Diego Symphony Bayside Performance Center

The 10,000-person capacity facility would be constructed at the 3.6-acre Embarcadero Marina Park South site the symphony currently uses for its Summer Pops performances under a 66-year lease agreement with the San Diego Unified Port District, the board of which voted Tuesday to move forward with the plans.
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"Sin Ship" uncovered along Coronado's beach
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SeaWorld announces major new attraction with rides

SeaWorld San Diego, in a move to rebuild its brand and revive lagging attendance, announced Tuesday plans for a major aquarium-based attraction featuring a signature submarine ride that will traverse the 3-acre area.

Designed to mimic a global expedition of sea life, Ocean Explorer, as it’s being called, will offer visitors close-up views of huge octopuses and spider crabs, along with hundreds of colorful jellyfish as they navigate a new SeaWorld realm via mini subs.

The San Diego park says it’s on track for a late spring opening next year.
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Old February 22nd, 2016, 04:44 AM   #1318
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San Diego in midst of hotel building boom

From Oceanside to Chula Vista, more than 2,000 hotel rooms are under construction, and at least 7,400 more are in the pipeline, awaiting development approvals and construction permits.

Two midrise properties within Liberty Station are under construction, as is a 300-room luxury hotel downtown, and a highrise on Lane Field is nearing completion. Further north, Oceanside has multiple mid-sized projects in various planning stages, while Legoland recently submitted a proposal for a second themed hotel just three years after opening its first.

Chula Vista hasn’t had a new hotel in 25 years, and this year it has a 300-room Residence Inn under construction, plus two more properties that are expected to start rising from the ground by early next year.
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Developers plan one-stop medical facility in Tijuana convenient to Americans

For decades, U.S. patients have crossed into Tijuana for lower-cost medical care, from plastic surgery to dental procedures to stem-cell treatments. Developers of a planned high-rise now say they hope to capture a share of that market, offering a wide range of services in one facility, just yards from a San Diego border crossing.

The owners of New City Medical Plaza envision a 26-story tower with doctors offices, a medical lab, a surgery center and an adjacent 140-room hotel. The idea is to provide a single location easily accessed by U.S. patients. They plan to be up and running within three years.
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