Monday, June 24, 2019

San Diego Hotel Moves Forward

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Chula Vista Bayfront resort hotel and convention center project in the Port of San Diego moved forward last week when port commissioners agreed to issue a Coastal Development Permit and granted project approval to RIDA Chula Vista, LLC.

When completed, Gaylord Hotels will operate the Chula Vista Bayfront resort hotel and convention center. It will include up to 1,600 hotel rooms, about 400,000 square feet of convention and meeting space (including pre-function space) and retail and resort amenities including a spa, a pool with a lazy river and bike and boat rentals.

The project will also include “a public esplanade and a plaza and activity village with pedestrian promenades and bike paths, dining and snack stands, game activities, public art, and a pool with public access.”

“These are significant milestones,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Board of Port Commissioners. “Residents from around the region as well as visitors and conventioneers can experience our revitalized bayfront. Thousands of folks will be employed at the Chula Vista Bayfront.”

If the next steps - which include securing financing, getting building and grading permits and closing escrow - are accomplished, site preparation and public infrastructure could take place in mid-2020.

“We established many goals in the very beginning and we’re delivering,” said Port of San Diego Commissioner Ann Moore, the Board’s Chula Vista Representative. “This project will bring a world-class hotel and convention center to the Chula Vista Bayfront while also providing a vehicle to build future public parks, restore sensitive habitat, and construct public infrastructure.”