It was recently announced that the coastal commission dropped its lawsuit and is reconsidering the $1.3 billion, 3.25-million-square-foot plan (referred to as Pacific Gateway or Navy Broadway Complex) in exchange for new concessions from the developer, Doug Manchester. This was the second to last hurdle remaining in a long lasting battle and impeding this project from breaking ground.
The concessions include:
- locating the museum across from the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
- siting visitor-oriented retail and restaurants on Harbor Drive
- pledging to make parking available to the public on holidays and weekends
- posting signs directing people to the waterfront.
The Navy Broadway Complex (NBC) project:
- 1.6 million square feet of office space
- 351,000-square-foot regional headquarters for the Navy
- 1,390 hotel rooms; a 40,000-square-foot museum
- 288,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space
- more than 3,100 parking spaces
- a 1.9 acre public park at the corner of Broadway and Harbor Drive
- All would be built on land granted to the Navy by city voters in 1920 and leased in 2006 by the Navy to Manchester for 99 years.
The last hurdle remaining and that could still bring this project to a halt is one remaining federal lawsuit that is challenging in the grounds that the Navy Broadway Complex project violates the environmental policy act as the world has changed since the permits for this project were originally issued on the early 1990’s. A three judge panel is expected to issue a ruling in the case later this year (2015).
**UPDATE DECEMBER 2015**
It was announced on December 9th, 2015 that Doug Manchester’s Pacific Gateway project received final approval by the city and is expected to start demolition of the current buildings onsite by March 2016. Demolition should take approximately 4 months to complete and the first phase of the project completed in 2019. Construction will have to await a federal appellate court ruling, expected soon, on whether the project complies with the National Environmental Policy Act.
KPBS VIDEO ON THE TOPIC
INTERVIEW WITH DOUG MANCHESTER
SITE LOCATION MAP
Pacific Gateway Rendering
Buildings around this area include Electra, Bayside, The Grande, Sapphire Tower and the new construction condos currently under way Pacific Gate by BOSA.
Downtown San Diego Condos.