October 10th, 2013
Today, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously in approval of the San Diego Unified Port District Port Master Plan Amendment for the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center and Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel Expansion. The approval stood as the last permitting requirement for the $520 convention center expansion project to move forward.
Upon completion, the environmentally-friendly project will include an additional 225,000 sf of exhibit space – creating largest contiguous exhibit hall on the West Coast, a five-acre rooftop park with 360 degree views of the San Diego Bay, enhanced waterfront access and a new 500-room hotel tower at the adjacent Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.
“I am thrilled with today’s approval and want to thank everybody who has been supporting this project. Many of our clients who have been outgrowing the current facility will now be able to book well into the future.”
– Carol Wallace, president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation
“Today’s approval is the result of a strong five-year collaboration between the corporation, the City of San Diego, the Port of San Diego, hotel developers and the community. This is a win for all San Diegans and will ensure we remain a top meeting and convention destination.”
– Phil Blair, board chair of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors
While Coastal’s approval cleared a major hurdle, the project’s financing, which was ruled legal, is still under appeal and is expected to be resolved in the upcoming months. The expansion is expected to break ground in late 2014.