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Shipshape or Shabby? Embarcadero Plans Up for Scrutiny

The Port of San Diego will hold the first in a series of Citizens Advisory Committee meetings to begin planning for improvements to downtown San Diego’s North Embarcadero waterfront district.

The public meeting is set to run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 16 at the Embarcadero Planning Center, 585 Harbor Lane.

A port district statement said meetings over the next six months will focus on recent revisions to the North Embarcadero port master plan and a draft environmental report.

The advisory committee was formed to include a range of input on the long-discussed Embarcadero project. The panel includes representatives from environmental, business, design and public-interest organizations, as well as three at-large members of the community.

A recent proposed amendment to the Embarcadero plan consists of approximately 30 components, including adjusting the boundary of the Port Master Plan to incorporate Navy Pier, adding a proposed youth hostel, and providing additional public open space, a bay front shuttle and new parking facilities.

Port staff will also conduct a scoping session on new wording that has been adopted by the Board of Port Commissioners, regarding revised setbacks and the potential relocation of Harbor Drive, the statement said.

— Lou Hirsh

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