Old jail transformed into sleek business development at Seaport District

Fine dining next to jail cell at The Headquarters

SAN DIEGO - An old eyesore is being transformed into an upscale shopping and dining complex. 10News got a sneak peek of The Headquarters at Seaport District, and the $40 million project is rich with history.

The 100,000-square-foot development will offer to places like Eddie V’s, Puesto, The Cheesecake Factory, Geppetto’s Toys and Sunglass Hut.

10News caught up with Alfonso Canseco, who is a construction worker for Terramar Construction. He said he is proud to be part of such a big project.

“In the future, when I drive by, I’ll say, 'I was working on this,'” Canseco said. “It was a jail and now it is a big giant building.”

The facility used to be a jail and was used as the San Diego Police Department headquarters.

The area that used to house police motorcycle and patrol cars will become a restaurant called Seasons 52.

The facility was built in 1939. San Diego police moved out in 1987 when they outgrew the space and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

The bulk of the building was pulled out and polished up. The floors, the windows and even the roof tiles were kept intact.

People who sit down to eat at Puesto, will sit where San Diego inmates were housed. 

Designers are keeping one cell block for photo-ops. 10News photographer Steve Cox found out they still lock when he accidentally locked himself in while shooting video. The friendly crews helped him right out, but that is how real it is and how much history is in the very foundation.  

The Headquarters is set to open on Nov. 18. 

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