The new Navy Broadway Complex is a Bayside military facility located in downtown San Diego. It's home to the primary offices of the Navy Region Southwest as well as ties with the Coast Guard. The complex sits on extremely valuable property so the Navy has attempted to finance a portion of operations with revenue from real estate developers seeking to build housing and commercial units. A local San Diego developer has a lease with the U.S. Navy to build a Navy administration complex in addition to hotels, offices, retail shops and housing. This will put San Diego office development and workplaces near transit as well as housing. The idea is to attract young, millennial talent for the majority of new office buildings and companies going in to the Navy complex. This will be a collaborative space and lots of new amenities.
Manchester Pacific Gateway will soon break ground on the downtown waterfront. Over 10 years in the works, this $1.3 billion mixed-use development is the culmination of public and private partnerships of local developers and the U.S. Navy. This lab nearly 1,100,000 ft.² of class a office space and nearly 300,000 ft.² of destination retail and regional amenities.
Other companies such as Kearny Real Estate Company is modernizing the 30-story office tower at Emerald Plaza. Lowe Enterprises is putting finishing touches on IDEA 1 in the East Village and Block D in the makers quarter is currently under construction; a six-story, $23 million office building.
But back to the Navy complex, this $1.3 billion project will be spread across 12 acres between Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive. It will include a 17 story office building to serve as U.S. Navy headquarters, for office buildings, to hotels, a museum, a retail promenade and a nearly 2 acre park. The developer, Doug Manchester, former owner of the San Diego Union Tribune, one a 99 year lease from the Navy in 2006 for the site. The Navy has occupied the site since the early 1920s.
Demolition takes about six months and the completion date is set at 2020. The project dates back to the 1980s when the Navy desired a new regional headquarters but could not gain an appropriation from Congress. After numerous legal battles, a two to one ruling in federal appellate court, judges determine that there is no significant impact from possible environmental effects of a terrorist attack. Progress is underway for the redevelopment. Unlike many other large projects in downtown, developers do not plan on opening the projects in different phases. Instead, they've decided to open all buildings and businesses around the same time in a single phase project.
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