Chula Vista, Port of San Diego Approve 535-Acre Convention Center Development in Chula Vista

by Amy Works

CHULA VISTA, CALIF. — The City of Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego have approved key agreements to advance the Chula Vista Bayfront resort hotel and convention center project on San Diego Bay. The Board of Port Commissioners and the Chula Vista City Council unanimously approved a disposition and development agreement between the public-private partnership of port, the city and RIDA Development Corp.

Construction is slated to begin in late 2019. Gaylord Hotels, the large convention hotel brand of Marriott International, will operate the 535-acre project. Located west of Marina Parkway between H and G streets, the waterfront development will include 1,600 hotel rooms and a 415,000-square-foot convention with 275,000 usable square feet of convention and meeting space. Additionally, the project will feature associated retail and resort-style amenities, including restaurant, bar and lounge facilities, recreational facilities, spa, pool with a lazy river, bike and boat rentals, more than 250 acres of protected wildlife habitat, and 46 acres of new parks, trails and bike paths.

Public infrastructure improvements are planned to start by 2019, which includes site preparation, building access roads and new public streets, providing utility services and developing the new Harbor Park. Sun Communities Inc. is developing the Costa Vista RV Resort, which is scheduled to open in 2019.

The resort hotel and convention center are the centerpiece and catalyst project of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, a decade-long joint planning effort by the port, the City of Chula Vista and a broad coalition of stakeholders. When completed, the master-planned Bayfront area will include more than 200 acres of parks, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining, hospitality and convention space.

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