Community Benefits

As a part of our design vision we have focused on enhancing mobility and parking. All parking has been accommodated in a well-designed, well-lit underground structure. Besides the ubiquitous car, our design anticipates inclusion of the following modes of mobility to and from the site: Big Bay Shuttle, trolley, internal “elephant train” shuttle, water ferry and water taxi, ride sharing, bike sharing and bicycle parking. We are also offering to fund a feasibility study to determine if the 6th Street Skyway could be extended to create a loop servicing the entire waterfront and airport. Learn More
Over 30 acres or 75% of the land area has been dedicated to public park and open space that will be used for public access, gathering areas, art exhibitions, concerts and other community events.
Public markets have gained popularity around the world and were the way our grandparents used to shop. Seaport will take lessons from the best in the world and will feature fresh seafood, farm-to-table vendors and local ethnic food vendors.
Included is an intimate specialty movie theatre, which will provide reserved seating.
San Diego is known for its great beaches and tide pools, which have been missing from downtown. The revitalized Seaport beaches and tide pools will be open to the public 365 days per year.
As part of our proposal we are envisioning a partnership with our local fisherman to create a cooperative that could run the fisherman’s market in our food hall as well as the currently operating dockside market. In addition, we propose developing a new facility closer to the bay mouth that will provide more efficient land- and water-based facilities that could be used by both the commercial fisherman and the aquaculture initiative currently being planned. This partnership has the power to completely revitalize our fishing industry and thereby create hundreds of new well-paying jobs in San Diego. Learn More
If selected, we have formed an exclusive partnership with Rose Canyon Fisheries to assist in the development of a land and waterside facility at America's Cup Harbor to kick-start aquaculture in California. We feel this has the potential to alleviate the looming worldwide shortage of seafood. This partnership would also extend to a teaching and learning program in our aquarium and education facilities. Learn More
Seaport will respond to the twenty-first century’s demand for resilience and sustainability. The design will consciously reduce the project’s carbon footprint. In addition to the wetlands restoration, the project’s architecture will follow LEED design guidelines. The project will be designed to deal with expected sea level rise and utilize the latest solar power generation with on-site cogeneration technologies as well as a centralized heating and cooling system that will use ocean water to provide the heat transfer mechanism. Learn More
Maybe you’re a visitor to a convention or San Diego’s many attractions. As you walk across Pacific Coast Highway, you will encounter Seaport’s hospitality district, which includes three types of lodging for the city’s many and diverse tourists. The district will include a full-service hotel (Virgin Hotel) that serves as a welcoming host to the city, featuring a “public living room” outdoor deck like the grand Hotel del Coronado. There will also be a micro-hotel (Yotel) with smaller rooms at attractively affordable moderate rates as well as a new generation youth hostel for students and adventurers from around the world (Freehand). It’s another way that Seaport meets the needs of all visitors.
Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles is a great place for some; at Seaport we are striving to create a place for everyone. Every segment of our city’s population will feel comfortable visiting, whether just to stroll and people watch, enjoy a great meal, watch a movie, have a coffee or ice cream, work out or splurge on an expensive gift for a loved one.
We are sensitive and empathetic to the needs and concerns of the existing tenants of Seaport Village. Many are family-owned small businesses that have labored tirelessly to build their brand and livelihood serving San Diego. We are committed to working with them to reduce the disruptive relocation that will be necessitated by this new district. We propose to accomplish this by a carefully planned logistical schedule that allows those tenants who wish to stay on in the new Seaport to stay in place in existing buildings and new “pop-up” venues and then, when completed, move into the new Seaport. Learn More
Public art is an important part of our design and is envisioned to be an integrated and integral aspect of the place. The lighting of Seaport is a unique opportunity to recognize the importance of nighttime design in the creation of an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable San Diego. The involvement of Studio Fink in this project opens up the potential of integrating in a synergistic way their winning proposal for lighting Coronado Bridge with that of the Seaport development to deliver a nighttime destination of regional, national and international significance.
We are committed and passionate about designing and building Seaport San Diego to be usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability or status in life. ADA accessibility codes and standards are a minimum requirement for any project; we believe in the concept of universal design and making Seaport San Diego the model to be emulated by other similar projects around the world. 
Using state-of-the-art security practices and technology as well as well-managed, well-planned activities and operations, Seaport will address the new and growing threat that faces all high-profile public gathering spots. Learn More
The design includes features and activities for generations from seniors to kids of all ages.
Seaport will also mean exercise, health and sports. As you walk down Kettner Boulevard and past the extraordinary green-roofed aquarium, you enter our outdoor health and wellness zone, which completely redesigns the South Embarcadero Marina Park. It will become the Venice Beach attraction: a place to work out or just people watch, a place for active recreation or quiet meditation. Here are yoga and tai chi platforms, beach volleyball courts, outdoor workout equipment, stationary cycling platforms and kayak and stand-up paddleboard rental and launch facilities as well as deck chairs for sitting and relaxing on the new sand beaches after a tough workout. The area will house a building that will become a “base camp,” accommodating space for equipment rental, day lockers and juice and health food bar as well as a deck for relaxing and people watching.
If you’re one of downtown’s 35,000 residents, you will be able stroll down to the esplanade for an evening to enjoy the harbor lights, enjoy a meal or just hang out. Seaport will be open 365 days a year, with hours of operation dependent on the specific use.
Every great city has a place for visitors to go to understand what it's about, learn its history and discover things to do. We envision a state-of-the-art interactive facility where any local will be proud to take a visiting friend to show them what our great city offers. We have partnered exclusively with the San Diego Visitors Bureau to make space available for this use.
We see ourselves as stewards to create a great place for all San Diegans and, as such, engagement and partnerships are part of our process and culture. The Seaport team has reached out to establish community partnerships with charter schools, the University of San Diego, the San Diego Symphony, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, organized labor, commercial fishing interests and the Downtown Residents Group as well as the existing Seaport Village tenants who will be most impacted by this new development. This is the kind of anticipatory planning that draws on potential stakeholders to identify opportunities early on and to solve problems before they arise. These opportunities, big and small, become the basis and foundation for our planning. This is only the beginning; we intend to broaden and deepen our community engagement as we move the project forward to completion. Learn More
Melded into our hospitality district will be Seaport’s lifelong learning center, housing a 600-student charter high school and continuing education center focusing on marine sciences, maritime logistics and music. In partnership with the University of San Diego (USD), the building will also serve as a center for continuing education for all San Diegans. Students young and old will be a regular part of the crowds, enlivening the paseos and plazas of Seaport. Learn More
We are proposing to construct a pedestrian “draw bridge” to create seamless accessibility to the newly approved permanent outdoor facility. This will not only provide better access to the facility but also remove “dead ends,” thereby improving public circulation along the waterfront.
The economic model that is proposed is unique for San Diego’s bayfront and perhaps for waterfronts in general. At its core is a partnership of invested uses that are fully integrated to harmonize and support each other so as to be successful as a whole. This approach has a much greater opportunity to succeed than the more typical approach, where a multitude of individual leasees or tenants (with what is commonly referred to as “pads”) are brokered by a developer's brokers, who then add their markup. In contrast, Seaport is made up of invested operators who share in the success of the project, both at their operating level and also at the top level. It is a case of “one for all and all for one.” We believe this approach will provide the foundation for Seaport to achieve its vision and goals as well as align the interests of all the stakeholders.
In the past the bay has been “walled off” from the city with “Mega” block development that hinders access to our amazing waterfront. Seaport San Diego has replicated and continued the city grid onto the waterfront with extensions of Pacific Coast Highway and Kettner Boulevard. In addition, pedestrian-friendly cross streets on the site add access and interesting places for exploration, thereby enhancing the urban experience on the bay.
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