Architect’s rendering of the completed Chula Vista Bayfront project. Courtesy Port of San Diego

Redevelopment of the Chula Vista waterfront reached a milestone this week with the Port of San Diego issuing a development permit for a 1,600-room resort hotel and 400,000-square-foot convention center.

“This is a great day for Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego and the region,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “We are thrilled the port commissioners approved the development permit for RIDA Development to construct our world-class hotel and convention center on the Chula Vista bayfront. We look forward to the groundbreaking celebration in 2020.”

Port Chairman Garry Bonelli called issuance of the permit a “significant milestone” after a decade of planning and noted that the $1.13 billion project would employ thousands of people during construction and after completion.

The next steps in the project include securing financing, obtaining building and grading permits, close of escrow and lease execution.

“We were very pleased to receive unanimous approval from the Port of San Diego, supported by the City of Chula Vista. We appreciate their collaborative partnership to date and look forward to working together to complete documentation and begin construction of the finest conference resort in the country,” said Ira Mitzner, president of Houston-based RIDA Development.

The Chula Vista Bayfront center will be operated by Gaylord Hotels, the large convention hotel brand of Marriott International. The project will include:

  • 1,600 hotel rooms
  • 400,000 square feet of convention and meeting space
  • Restaurant, bar and lounge areas
  • A spa and other recreational facilities
  • A pool with a lazy river
  • Bike and boat rentals

The project will be constructed west of Marina Parkway between H and G Streets. Planning for the waterfront area includes more than 200 acres of parks, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping and dining.

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Chris Jennewein

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