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350 new hotel rooms in Coronado proposed by Port of San Diego

Posted at 11:53 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 08:13:09-04

CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) - Coronado residents heard a plan from the Port of San Diego Monday night that would allow for 350 new hotel rooms to be built on the island.

Those who showed up were not happy.

“Most of the residents don’t want this development to happen,” said resident Kelly Sarber. “The city can’t really handle what we're dealing with right now,” she added, referring to the island’s notorious traffic.

The new proposal is part of an update to the Port’s master plan, which includes 2,403 acres of land across 34 miles of waterfront around San Diego Bay.

In Coronado, the new master plan would allow for 350 hotel rooms to be built in the north Coronado subdistrict, which includes the Ferry Landing and the area occupied by the existing Marriot Hotel.

“What this plan sets out is potential growth for next 30 years,” said Lesley Nishihira, planning director for the Port.

She said currently they have not received a plan from a developer to actually build a hotel on the Ferry Landing property. However, if approved, the updated master plan would allow for one to be built eventually.

Though, any project proposal would also have to go through a public review period.

The comment period for the Master Plan draft goes through July 31. Comments can be emailed to the Port of San Diego at Final approval of the plan isn’t expected until late 2020.