San Diego Business Journal

McMillin Plans 3-Hotel Complex at Liberty Station

By Lou Hirsh Sunday, December 1, 2013

The California Coastal Commission will review plans for a new 650-room hotel complex at Liberty Station in Point Loma, proposed by a unit of San Diego-based The Corky McMillin Cos.

Coastal Commission staff has recommended conditional approval of the project, scheduled to be discussed at the commission’s Dec. 12 meeting in San Francisco.

McMillin, the master developer at the former Naval Training Center site off Rosecrans Boulevard, has proposed a complex that would include three hotels — with 252, 215 and 183 rooms, ranging in height from 65 to 80 feet, according to a commission staff report.

McMillin-NTC LLC also proposes a one-story, 3,180-square-foot restaurant, a 150-foot-wide public esplanade with recreation areas, a pedestrian/bicycle path and public seating. The plan also calls for 701 parking spaces, traffic improvements to nearby Kincaid Road, a connection to Spanish Landing park, and related landscaping and grading.

The proposal includes demolition of an existing commercial parking lot that serves San Diego International Airport.

Hotel branding has not been finalized. The properties are expected to include an all-suite hotel, such as Embassy Suites; an extended-stay hotel with in-room kitchenettes, such as Residence Inn by Marriott; and a property with standard rooms and suites, such as Hampton Inn.

The former NTC site is now overseen by the city of San Diego but is within the Coastal Commission’s permit jurisdiction over public trust lands. McMillin has overseen development of several commercial elements at Liberty Station in recent years, including homes, offices, stores and restaurants.