Truck at Otay Mesa border crossing. Photo courtesy Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Truck at Otay Mesa border crossing. Photo courtesy Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Community leaders in East Otay Mesa are touting the largest tract of undeveloped, industrial-zoned land in San Diego County for a major development initiative.

The South County Economic Development Council said the opportunity to build on a “blank, undisrupted canvas without the high price tag and restrictions” is a major opportunity. It expects the area to develop as the region’s next large-scale commercial and industrial hub.

”For the first time, East Otay Mesa has significant infrastructure in place,” said David Wick, chairman of the East Otay Mesa Owner’s Association. “There’s over 2,500 acres of land ready for industrial and commercial development that many potential users are unaware of.”

The economic council is also promoting the strategic access to Interstate highways, Baja California and the Tijuana airport, which offers daily flights to destinations in Mexico and the Pacific rim.

To support the development initiative, the council has launched a website to highlight the business opportunities in the area. The site EastOtayMesa.com provides information about resources to help with future projects.

“East Otay Mesa can be an economic engine, creating jobs for South County residents so they don’t have to drive far from home to work,” said County Supervisor Greg Cox. “This web site will help market the untapped potential of East Otay Mesa and deliver on its promise of economic development, and that’s why I was proud to support it.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.