San Diego Business Journal

Plans for South Bay’s Pond 20 Up for Discussion

By Lou Hirsh Monday, June 25, 2012

What to do with Pond 20, an undeveloped land parcel near Imperial Beach, will be the focus of an open-house meeting being hosted June 25 by the Port of San Diego.

The public workshop is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dempsey Holder Safety Center, at 950 Ocean Lane in Imperial Beach.

A port district statement said the open forum will differ from previous public meetings on the long-discussed property, which featured formal presentations. Port staff will discuss the history of Pond 20 and the process for submitting project ideas, and also review public comments received to date.

The 95-acre property, at 1400 Palm Ave., is often touted as a gateway to South County beaches. It is under Port of San Diego jurisdiction but is included in the city of Imperial Beach’s redevelopment area.

The port district acquired the Pond 20 parcel, situated within the city of San Diego, in October 1998 as part of the Western Salt land acquisition. Earlier this year, port commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the port and the cities of San Diego and Imperial Beach, allowing the three entities to explore future uses of the site, including potential commercial development.

— Lou Hirsh