Chula Vista, Port Break Ground on $1.3 billion Bayfront Resort and Convention Center

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City of Chula Vista and Port of San Diego leaders open the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center. Photo via Twitter @portofSanDiego

Chula Vista took the next step toward its ambitious Bayfront plans, as San Diego city and port leaders officially opened the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center — the centerpiece of the development — on Wednesday.

This will be Gaylord Hotels’ first West Coast location. City and port leaders hope the convention center will spur further development on the 535-acre Chula Vista Bayfront.

“The Chula Vista Bayfront is the defining project of a generation for the South Bay. We are finally realizing the fulfillment of all the tireless effort that hundreds, if not thousands, of people have invested in this project over the past decades,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas.

“I am beyond proud and honored to be here to celebrate the start of construction on the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center.”

Heavy equipment is positioned on site for construction of the 1,600-room hotel and convention center. The groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday brought together representatives from Gaylord Hotels and the developer, RIDA Chula Vista, as well as hundreds of community supporters of the project.

“This is a historic day to kick off construction of the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center on the Chula Vista Bayfront,” said Steve Padilla, California Coastal Commissioner and City Councilman.

“Residents of the State of California, our San Diego area and the City of Chula Vista can look forward to a transformative project that delivers major economic investment, job creation and many other public benefits. “

The estimated total cost of building the 1,600-room hotel, parking lot and convention center upgrades, and associated upgrades is $1.35 billion. The port and city secured $275 million in public bond financing to support public investment in the project and closed escrow in May. The first phase will include the resort hotel and convention center as well as a public park, roads, parking structure and supporting public infrastructure.

“The Chula Vista Bayfront is a model of excellent planning that balances economic development with public benefits, including new parks and coastal access, as well as thousands of jobs,” the Harbor Commissioner said. of San Diego, Ann Moore, who was nominated to serve on the seven-member board by the Chula Vista City Council. “The Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center will be a point of pride for our entire region.”

Gaylord Pacific’s plans include a convention center with four ballrooms, three levels of meeting space, and two outdoor lawns for meetings and events, as well as multiple restaurants, a sports bar, a resort-style pool, and a range of amenities. leisure facilities. To ensure connectivity with the wider waterfront, the project will also have public amenities including pedestrian promenades, bicycle access, etc.

Bayfront’s overall master plan calls for over 200 acres of parkland, open space, a waterfront promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping and dining. The master plan projects also aim to establish ecological buffer zones to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources.

“Not only will this be the Port’s first hotel in the city of Chula Vista, it will also be the first convention center in the South Bay,” said Port of San Diego President Dan Malcolm. “This is the largest public-private partnership ever undertaken by the Port, and its effects will be nothing short of transformative – drawing visitors from across the state of California and beyond.”

The project is expected to create 3,580 jobs during construction. Once opened, it is expected to have an economic impact of half a billion dollars each year and create 4,000 permanent jobs.

The hotel is expected to open in 2025.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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