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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.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan to Partially Open in Time for July 4th

While we’ve been gushing over the wonderful new Waterfront Park, another major redevelopment is set to partially open this week along the bay. After over two years of construction between Navy Pier and B Street Pier, the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan will finally welcome its first guests by Friday.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

The initial phase of the project includes the first section of a new linear esplanade that will eventually span 1.2 miles along the North Embarcadero. Much of the 100-foot-wide public park was made possible by reconfiguring Harbor Drive. Within the park, expect jacaranda groves and seating areas, along with two main pavilions featuring a cafe and information center.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

California native Pae White is the artist behind the unique structures meant to serve as “working sculptures” in the park. Seen here, even the restroom is a work of art. She considered how guests might view the buildings now and in the future—whether from the ground, a nearby high-rise, or even Google Earth.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

The result is a thought-provoking design that incorporates key words into the roofs of the pavilions. The words, which are actually excerpts from the 1970 Richard Bach novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, will cast interesting shadows on the grounds and walls of the pavilions during the day. At night, they’ll be illuminated.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

These pavilions will be almost completely transparent, made with orange- and yellow-tinted glass designed to imitate the colors of dawn and dusk. They hope to open the pavilions by fall.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

The old Bay Cafe building, located behind the north pavilion seen here, is scheduled for demolition later this year. This new pavilion will house a cafe, for which the the Port expects to select an operator next month. We’re hoping that a local business wins the opportunity—something like the upcoming Panama 66 in Balboa Park.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

A separate surface enhancement project is in the works on Broadway Pier. Moveable furniture, shade structures, and decorative pieces will be added, in an effort to make the area more inviting for pedestrians. Look closely and you can see a historical timeline of the Port along the walkway, made with engraved brass plates. We also noticed markings every several feet to indicate where flagpoles will be added.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

On days when there are no cruise ships docked, visitors will be able to enjoy the views from a new seating area at the end of the pier. Between views of the bay, our growing skyline, and the spectacular Midway Museum, this could be one of the best places to catch a break on the new waterfront.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

This is a no-lean zone.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

Closer to the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan area, this section of Broadway Pier will feature more moveable benches and planters for all to enjoy. The more public space, the better.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

It’s worth mentioning that construction broke ground in May on the Lane Field North Hotel & Park Project. That’s the space directly across the street from the new esplanade, to the immediate southwest of The Grande twin towers. That project, with details best saved for another post, will include a dual-branded hotel and 1.6-acre park. It’s hard to believe, but our little waterfront is growing up.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

So, when you head down to the waterfront for the Big Bay Boom this Friday, be sure to check out the newest public space introduced by the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan. These are exciting times along the bay.

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