San Diego

Pacific Gateway Center Clears Legal Hurdle

Opponents vow the fight is not over

After more than two decades of planning, a new regional headquarters for the Navy looks a lot closer to taking shape on San Diego's bayfront.

A billion-dollar commercial complex on Broadway called "Pacific Gateway" would replace eight blocks of aging buildings that civic leaders argue should not be on such scenic property.

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court rejected a legal challenge brought by the civic group San Diego Navy Broadway Coalition. The group argued the Navy had not adequately considered the threat of a terrorist attack when designing the new complex. In a 2-1 vote, the federal appeals court ruled in favor of developers. 

Attorney Cory Briggs told KPBS he planned to seek a rehearing on the issue and will file additional actions in state court to stop the project. 

[G] Visualizations of Manchester Pacific Gateway Project by the Bay

Consulting developer Perry Dealy discussed the project recently on "Politically Speaking."

"The scale of the project and all the pedestrian amenities are going to make it so much more livable. So much more attractive. The downtown residents love it," Dealy said adding the project has received endorsements from the Chamber, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and the EDC.

The development comes amid booming construction on the downtown San Diego skyline. The area will soon include a Ritz Carlton hotel.

The project is slated to be finished in winter 2017. 

[G] Renderings of the Pacific Gate Project

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