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Redevelopment — North Embarcadero Plan Headed to State Coastal Commission

A plan to remake the North Embarcadero , adding a broad walkway along Harbor Drive, mooring a decommissioned aircraft carrier there and redeveloping the waterfront from Laurel to G streets , is on its way to the state Coastal Commission.

Commissioners of the San Diego Unified Port District forwarded the proposed changes, known formally as a port master plan amendment, to the state panel May 16.

The plan includes the proposal to moor the decommissioned carrier USS Midway at Navy Pier and make it into a museum.

Still, port commissioners and Coastal Commission staff are concerned about the environmental ramifications of the plan , specifically that the carrier would take up four acres of bird habitat on the bay, the museum would add to Downtown traffic, and museum patrons’ cars may take up too many parking spaces.

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum officials have been working to accommodate traffic and parking, said Alan Uke, president of the museum board. He said the museum will lease 280 spaces on Navy Pier during weekdays and 350 on evenings and weekends.

Museum officials are looking at places they could create new bird habitat to replace the area taken up by the Midway and have an option on one of them, he said.

In making their decision last week, port commissioners reserved the right to pull the Midway from the North Embarcadero master plan if the concerns associated with it are not satisfied.

“We don’t want to jeopardize the whole North Embarcadero plan just for the Midway,” said Commissioner Jess Van Deventer of National City. The carrier museum proposal could be submitted to the Coastal Commission separately, he said.

Port commissioners are scheduled to hear an update on the Midway plan May 30.

Van Deventer said he understood the Coastal Commission could make a decision on the matter as early as July. That’s a possibility, said Coastal Commission planner Diana Lilly. Yet as of Thursday, she said, the port had not submitted the plan, and the coastal panel has 90 days to review it once it is submitted.

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