Port of San Diego has six proposals to replace Seaport Village

Public not yet able to see proposals
Posted at 5:28 PM, Jun 09, 2016

Seaport Village's days along San Diego's Embarcadero may be numbered.

The waterfront destination's lease is up in 2018, and the Unified Port of San Diego will look at six redevelopment proposals next week.

"The lease is up and we are reimagining it and redeveloping it," Port Chairman Marhsall Merrifield confirmed.

No information has been released about the six proposals to redevelop what the Port calls the Central Embarcadero Waterfront. It's about 40 acres of land along San Diego Bay that includes Seaport Village and Chesapeake Fish.

Merrifield said he wants the process to be as transparent as possible.

"This is the public's land and we want something great for San Diegans and we really want everyone's input," he said. "So commissioners, senior staff, the public have not seen them. I will see them at the same time."

The first opportunity to see the six proposals will be at the Port's two open house events on June 13 and 14, from 3-7 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center.

The first public discussions between the Port Board and the public will be a month later on July 13.

Merrifield said he'd like to choose one of the proposals by the end of 2016 to have the project ready for construction when Seaport Village's lease ends.

In the meantime, the demise of Seaport Village frustrates some of the current tenants.

"It's really sad to me that the Port has decided that they don't want Seaport Village," said Kevin Olenick, who owns Kite Flite San Diego. "Nobody really knows what it is that they want. All that they've decided is that they don't want us anymore."

Olenick said he hopes the ability to preserve Seaport Village is one of the options the public is allowed to consider.