View from Presidio
A rendering of the view from the Presido after 30 years of development of the site. Courtesy of the Navy

The Navy recommended Friday that the NAVWAR site in Old Town be redeveloped with high-density residential and business towers plus a transit facility.

The Navy’s “preferred alternative” in the draft environmental impact report for the World War II-era bomber plant calls for over 100 buildings, 10,000 residences and 2.5 million square feet of office and retail space.

The tallest buildings would be 32 stories high, creating a new skyline in the Midway area over a 30-year development period.

The Navy released renderings of the public-private development but stressed that they were “conceptual at this early stage.”

The Navy said the plan “meets the purpose and need for modernized facilities for NAVWAR, includes efficient access to mass transit for NAVWAR employees and visitors, and provides the most flexibility for future design of development.”

Other alternatives featured lower buildings, less housing and no transit center, despite the proximity of railroad and trolley lines and the airport.

Release of the draft environmental impact report begins a period of public comment through July 13.

The Navy will hold two virtual public meetings to provide information about the plan:

  • 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 8
  • 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 23

Copies of the Draft EIS and selected meeting materials will be on display at:

  • Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library: 215 West Washington St., San Diego
  • Point Loma/Hervey Library: 3701 Voltaire St., San Diego
  • And San Diego Central Library: 330 Park Blvd., San Diego

Chris Jennewein

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