Officials Break Ground on Second Phase of Downtown BRIC Project

BRIC is a mixed-use, hotel-centric project along scenic North Embarcadero in downtown San Diego

Developers and city leaders gathered in downtown San Diego’s North Embarcadero area Wednesday to break ground on the $200 million second phase of a major mixed-used project.

The Port of San Diego and San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria, along with Portman Holdings, Lankford & Associates and Hensel Phelps, held a groundbreaking ceremony at the intersection of Broadway and Pacific Highway to celebrate BRIC, a development at the former site of Lane Field ballpark.

BRIC is a mixed-used project that includes InterContinental San Diego, an 18-story, 400-room hotel that will also boast a third-floor restaurant and bar with expansive, scenic views of the San Diego Bay.

Plans for the hotel also include 23,000 square feet of ballrooms and meeting space, plus an outdoor pool, fitness center, spa and rooftop bar. BRIC will also boast 32,850 square feet of ground-level restaurants and shops, a landscaped walkway and Plaza along Broadway and 686 parking spots in a subterranean garage, 271 of which will be open to the public.

The project aims to revitalize the area and give new life to one of San Diego’s historic waterfront neighborhoods while elevating downtown San Diego as a top-notch travel destination, planners said.

In early April, developers held a formal opening for the first phase of BRIC – dual-branded Marriot hotels, a 253-room SpringHill Suites and a 147-room Residence Inn. That portion of the project also includes 27,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space that, as of April, had yet to be filled by tenants.

The first dual-branded Marriott hotels opened Thursday along the Embarcadero in downtown San Diego. The project brings 400 new hotel rooms to the area, plus new shops and restaurants. NBC 7’s Elena Gomez reports.

For updates on BRIC and its progress, visit this website.

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