May 04, 2018
San Diego's Bayfront project, one of the largest waterfront developments on the West Coast, is on track for a 2019 groundbreaking. Officials representing the Port of San Diego and the city of Chula Vista recently authorized key agreements, a major step in moving the multiuse project forward. The 535-acre development calls for a hotel and convention center, in addition to 250 acres earmarked for protected wildlife and habitat and 46 acres of parks, trails and bike paths. To be operated by Gaylord Hotels, the resort will have about 1,600 rooms and the convention center will span 415,000 square feet, with 275,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, as well as retail and F&B outlets, recreational facilities, a spa, a pool, and bicycle and boat rentals. 
The Board of Port Commissioners, Chula Vista City Council and RIDA Development Corp. have approved a disposition and development agreement (DDA) that outlines the steps necessary to authorize financing and begin construction, and for development of the hotel and convention center. The board and city council also approved a revenue-sharing agreement.

"This is a historic day for Chula Vista and the entire South Bay," said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. "Our dream for the bayfront - 30 years in the making - is coming true. This is the product of the hard work and dedication of previous mayors, councils, staff and our community, whose contributions got us to this special day."
 
By 2019, infrastructure improvements should be in progress, among them site preparation, the construction of access roads and public streets, utility services and park development. Construction on the hotel and convention center is slated to begin in late 2019. An additional venue, the Costa Vista RV Resort, should open sometime in 2019.
 
The cost of the project is estimated to be $1.13 billion, and the agreement is contingent on contributions from both the Port of San Diego and the city of Chula Vista. The return, however, is expected to be significant, with the project generating an estimated $1.3 billion and the creation of more than 2,300 jobs during the construction period alone. Another $475 million is forecast to be generated annually after the facilities are built, with nearly 7,800 accompanying permanent jobs.
 
The latest agreements follow a long line of collaborative planning efforts, including the decade-long process required to establish the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan. Sustainability has been a major theme throughout the process, resulting in strict energy-efficiency goals and the protected wildlife area. The California Coastal Commission certified the environmental impact report in 2012. Stakeholders also tout the use of intelligent communication networks and smart-city applications that will aid in the project's adherence to standards and lay the groundwork for more economic development in the region.