Chula Vista

Gaylord Pacific Resort Expected to Change Chula Vista Forever

Development and redevelopment beyond the resort and convention center is expected to explode

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Construction on the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center on Chula Vista’s Bayfront already has local leaders looking toward the future.

“We’re going to be like a new city,” said Patricia Alvarez, board chair for the South County Economic Development Council.

Gaylord Pacific is expected to redefine Chula Vista’s skyline with its 22-story, 1,600-room hotel.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” added Alvarez.

The Port of San Diego predicted the resort, which opens in 2025, will generate roughly 4,000 jobs and inject half-a-billion dollars into the local economy every year. The Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center had a similar impact on the Aurora, Colorado community right outside Denver. More hotels, homes, restaurants, and businesses started popping up shortly after the resort opened in 2018.

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“Same thing’s going to happen here, even on a bigger scale,” said Kipland Howard, a developer with Allegis. “You’re not going to believe what it’s going to do to this surrounding area.”

Plans have already been discussed for a large mixed-use condominium development right next to Gaylord Pacific and the Chula Vista Marina. Those empty lots have stood on Chula Vista’s Bayfront for years.

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“I think all those empty lots, all the empty buildings, are just going to get filled with brand new businesses,” said Kevin Lewis, one of the co-owners of Three Punk Ales in Downtown Chula Vista. “The Bayfront projects are going to bring a lot more people, a lot more feet on the street.”

“Can you imagine all the jobs that everybody’s going to create?” exclaimed Alvarez. “It’s going to be bringing new revenue to our city.”

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