Seaport San Diego rendering This rendering shows the observation tower and Seaport San Diego as its developers envision it.

SAN DIEGO—Seaport San Diego, which will feature hotels, restaurants, shops, an aquarium and more, aims for a more democratic use of precious waterfront space that will make San Diego a 24-hour city, project principals tell The San Diego Board of Port Commissioners recently adopted a resolution to select the Seaport San Diego development team, officially concluding the request-for-proposals process for Seaport San Diego. The project is envisioned to be more than a set of buildings, but rather a new district of Downtown, and connected experiences will maintain and develop cohesion, vitality and public good, it’s developers say.

Seaport San Diego’s 70-acre, 2.2-million-square-foot design includes a mix of hotels, shops, restaurants, a public beach, an aquarium, an educational facility, a Smithsonian Media attraction and a 480-foot observation tower. AVRP Skyport Studios’ plan for the $1.2-billion project is led by principal Randy Robbins, working with principal and design leader Frank Wolden and principal Doug Austin.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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