Potential components proposed by Protea Waterfront Development for the 70-acre waterfront site could eventually include hotels, a retail marketplace, promenades, an aquarium, an observation tower and an interactive, high-tech cultural attraction from Smithsonian Media. Renderings courtesy of Protea Waterfront Development

Potential components proposed by Protea Waterfront Development for the 70-acre waterfront site could eventually include hotels, a retail marketplace, promenades, an aquarium, an observation tower and an interactive, high-tech cultural attraction from Smithsonian Media. Renderings courtesy of Protea Waterfront Development

Waterfront Overhauls

Port district officials are in various planning stages on redevelopment of these key areas along the San Diego waterfront:

Central Embarcadero: Port officials are in talks with locally based Protea Waterfront Development, after choosing its $1.2 billion proposal from among six teams that submitted plans for a 70-acre property that includes the current site of Seaport Village. A final decision is expected by October on the proposal, slated to include hotels, retail, an aquarium, an observation tower and a virtual-reality cultural attraction from a division of the Smithsonian Institution.

Harbor Island: Port staff are in talks with two local finalists – Oliver McMillan Inc. and Sunroad Enterprises – to redevelop 57 acres, including properties that formerly housed rental car lots. The winning development team is expected to be chosen by fall 2016, with elements likely to include offices, hotels, retail and possibly a high-tech golf driving range.

North Embarcadero: Port officials last year chose San Diego’s Brigantine Inc. to develop a new venue with multiple eateries, public viewing areas and other elements on the current site of Anthony’s Fish Grotto. Work is expected to begin sometime after the current Anthony’s lease expires in January 2017.

Sources: Unified Port of San Diego, local developers

— Even after more than three decades spent managing and developing major projects in San Diego and elsewhere, Yehudi Gaffen says he’s rarely taken on something with the size and multi-component scope of what his development team is now proposing for the downtown waterfront...

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