South Bay Power Plant expected to be imploded in December

Bids being accepted to bring down old plant

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Within the next few months, the South Bay Power Plant is expected to be brought down in one single implosion.

Currently, 24,000 tons of recyclable material is being removed from the power plant.

Once that is completed, the 160-foot tall plant will be imploded. Bids are currently being accepted. Chula Vista city officials expect the implosion to take place sometime in December.

The old Hotel San Diego was the last building to be imploded in San Diego County. It was taken down in 2006 with thousands watching downtown.

The implosion will precede construction on Chula Vista's elaborate 550-acre Bayfront Master Plan. On Tuesday, the Chula Vista City Council approved some minor changes to the plan, which include 90 acres of park land and the preservation of a recreational vehicle park.

"What it really is… is fine-tuning," said Chula Vista City Manager Jim Sandoval. "I think we had a good plan going in. It does what it needs to do for the community."

However, the community cannot expect to see construction trucks move in to the bayfront area until the power plant is removed.

"It's just kind of a hindrance to development," said Sandoval. "Development can move forward without it, but it's important that it's gone."

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