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Time's up: Horton Plaza says goodbye to iconic Jessop's Clock

Posted at 3:33 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 21:26:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The famed Jessop's Clock that has rested in Horton Plaza since the center opened has been removed.

Tuesday, the clock was moved into temporary storage, though the location is not being revealed, according to Jim Jessop, former owner of Jessop's Jewelry, a plaza mainstay for 125 years before closing in 2017.

Upon announcing the closing of Jessop's Jewelry, the plaza asked Jessop to move the clock.

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It's likely the clock, constructed in 1907, will remain in temporary storage for a couple of years until its new location's lease is signed, Jessop says.

The fact that its current location is being kept secret may be due to security concerns. Jessop said the clock had been vandalized in February and it had to be moved out as soon as possible because of the lack of security at the plaza to keep it safe.

Horton Plaza was sold to a real-estate firm last year, in hopes of revitalizing the aging property back to its former glory.

Stockdale Capital Partners plans to turn the area into The Campus at Horton, a hub for mixed-use offices catering to the tech industry, retail, and restaurants.

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"We're ripe in downtown for an office explosion," Gary London, senior principal of London Moeder Advisors, a commercial real estate analytics firm, told 10News. "There's been a big movement in corporate America to marry the places where people work with the places where people live."

The project is expected to create about 3,000 to 4,000 jobs and generate more than $1.8 billion in annual economic activity. Construction is slated to begin sometime this year and be completed in 2020.