CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Chula Vista took the next step toward its ambitious plans for the Bayfront, as city and Port of San Diego leaders Wednesday broke ground on the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center -- the centerpiece of the massive development.
"The City of Chula Vista has literally been dreaming about this day for decades," said Port of San Diego Commissioner Ann Moore. "And it's here now, and we know it is because we see the heavy equipment ... and we're all excited."
Not only did Moore grow up in Chula Vista, she’s been involved with the process of changing the city’s Bayfront from the beginning. It's a journey that’s taken more than two decades.
In May 2025, the South Bay site will become home to the centerpiece of the project -- the 1,600-room Gaylord Pacific Resort, and convention center.
It’s expected to create 4,000 permanent jobs and provide a $500 million economic boost for the region each year, putting Chula Vista on the map.
“We have nothing like this. This is a first. This is a great opportunity for the whole rest of the area because it will be a catalyst for development all around," said Moore.
The project is expected to be completed by Memorial Day 2025.