Broadway Navy Project latest
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Last year, President Trump promised to rebuild American’s Military strength by ending the sequester which resulted in eight years of downsizing our Military forces.
A part of that rebuilding will take place on Friday. That’s when they will break ground for a new headquarters building for the Pacific Fleet on San Diego’s waterfront.
The President’s promise came last year in a speech to Navy personnel aboard the USS Gerald Ford.
“I asked Congress to eliminate the defense sequester and to support my request for a great rebuilding of the united states military and the united states navy,” President Trump said.
The Fleet Headquarters at Harbor Drive and Broadway is one of the oldest buildings in San Diego, built nearly 100 years ago. The Navy has wanted a new building for more than 30 years, but couldn’t get the funding until it cut a deal with Developer Doug Manchester to get a new headquarters building in exchange for development rights to an 8-block area along Harbor Drive.
“Papa Doug Manchester is fronting quite a bit of cash to get the project underway and its backed up with our investors,” Project Manager Perry Dealy.
The new headquarters is a $165 million, 17-story highrise building as part of the Manchester Pacific Gateway Project to transform San Diego’s waterfront. It is one of five buildings including two hotels and a couple of office buildings.
“We are going to open this up for pedestrians, and for cars to go east and west to the waterfront and back into downtown,” Dealy said.
This will be the largest development in the history of downtown.
“We’re gonna have about 400 thousand sq ft or retail, both entertainment, restaurants, in line retail, a great place for the community for tourists, for residents and a great place for kids,” Dealy said.
Residents and tourists will enjoy a 1.9-acre park and a stroll down a pedestrian paseo.
“Running down the middle of the master plan that will be very unique and unusual in urban America but certainly appropriate for this location,” Dealy said.
This project has been held up for 12 years by lawsuits over environmental and safety concerns and had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to get approval.
“It’s gonna have 3 million sq ft when complete, and its gonna transform the whole western part of downtown,” Dealy said.
By early 2021, the Navy will move in its new building. The old building will come down to make way for a public park.