Welcome center for Costa Vista RV Resort
Architect’s rendering of welcome center for Costa Vista RV Resort. Courtesy Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego has approved the first lease for the massive Chula Vista Bayfront project — a destination RV park that will be an affordable complement to the planned resort hotel and convention center.

Under the 66-year-lease, Michigan-based Sun Communities will develop a 246-site RV park with a welcome center, market, restaurant, pool, day spa, fitness center and other amenities.

The lease calls for $55 million in improvements to the former industrial property at E Street and Bay Boulevard. Groundbreaking is expected “in the very near future,” according to the port.

“With the Costa Vista RV Resort, Sun will be providing a destination experience with lower-cost overnight accommodations as well as enhanced public access and recreation including walking trails and other improvements on and around the site,” said Garry Bonelli, chairman of the board of port commissioners.

The developer has partnered with San Diego-based Tucker Sadler Architects, Rick Engineering and Wimmer Yamada Landscape Architects to develop the property.

“Sun Communities is absolutely thrilled to finally begin construction on what will be one of the finest RV Resorts in North America, and we are so proud to be the first venture into the Chula Vista Bayfront, which so many have worked so hard to bring to fruition,” said John McLaren, president and COO of Sun Communities.

The Costa Vista RV Resort will be the first major component of the 535-acre Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, which envisions a world-class destination on San Diego Bay with more than 200 acres of parks, open space, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining and more.

Chris Jennewein

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