Monthly Archives: January 2015

Waterfront Redevelopment Continues with Lane Field North

We’ve spent time checking out the new Waterfront Park and first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, but now our attention has turned to Lane Field North. Work is well underway on a 17-story, dual-branded hotel and a 2-acre public park.

Lane Field North

The long-planned project is located on the northeast section of Harbor Drive and Broadway. The site gets its name from the former Lane Field baseball park, which was the home of the minor league San Diego Padres from 1936 to 1957.

Since the 1960s, the site has been used as a surface parking lot for cruises and waterfront access. After years of delays, the Port of San Diego broke ground on the development last May.

Lane Field North

The two-part hotel will include a 253-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott, as well as a 147-room Residence Inn by Marriott. While those aren’t exactly the most exciting hotel brands, they’ll complement the more upscale 500-room InterContinental hotel planned for the future Lane Field South. The dual hotels will each have separate lobbies, but share an elevator bank.

Lane Field North

Plans for Lane Field North include approximately 27,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space on the first and second levels. Three levels of above-ground parking will accommodate about 400 cars. The Port recently approved an art installation titled “Ripples,” which will decorate those parking levels with blades of aluminum displaying various patterns from different angles.

Lane Field North Hotel and Park

The retail and restaurant spaces will come to life at night, as this rendering suggests.

Lane Field North

The project also includes a public park on the west side along Harbor Drive.

Lane Field North

The first phase of the park looks nearly complete. Notice the “pitcher’s mound” above—a nod to Lane Field’s history.

Lane Field North Hotel and Park

Here’s a view of the completed project, including an eventual build-out of the US Navy site to the north of the current construction, as well as the taller tower on Lane Field South.

Lane Field North

While previous plans depicted those wood loungers as a “seat wall” stretching across the entire site, that doesn’t seem to be the case any longer, with those small plants already in place.

Lane Field North

If all goes as planned, Lane Field North should be completed in 2016. Until then, we’ll be watching this key piece of the Downtown waterfront come together.

Work Resumes on Horton Plaza Park

After many months of inactivity, we’ve been pleased to see that work has finally resumed on the new Horton Plaza Park in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Horton Plaza Park

The $17-million project will create a new urban park at Fourth Avenue and Broadway, featuring an interactive fountain, an amphitheater, and a few food pavilions. Westfield will manage the city-owned plaza, where around 200 events will be held each year.

Horton Plaza Park

Originally scheduled to open last spring, the new park is expected to be completed by late 2015. Work began in November 2012, with the demolition of the old Robinsons-May department store building.

Horton Plaza Park

After watching the land sit vacant for so long, it’s great to see signs of life at what will become Downtown’s newest public space.

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