Public Access Plan for Downtown Waterfront Program to Address Barriers to Coastal Access; Feedback is Sought from Residents With Lived Experience
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (July 26, 2023) – The development team for Seaport San Diego invites the community to participate in “Seaport San Diego for All,” a community outreach program happening now. Seaport San Diego is a proposed $3.6 billion redevelopment of the Downtown San Diego waterfront within the Port of San Diego. Rooted in concepts of social justice and equity, Seaport San Diego for All includes a series of listening sessions, a survey, data collection and research to inform a Public Access Plan for this transformative project.
Designed and led by Womxn’s Work Consulting, the Seaport San Diego for All community outreach program will seek perspectives from people who have historically been excluded from opportunities to provide feedback on impactful projects. The goal of this effort is to understand barriers community members have faced in accessing the coast, considering factors such as racial, economic and social inequity, and how the Seaport San Diego project can be designed to reduce such barriers, create a welcoming environment, and provide equitable public access. The Public Access Plan for Seaport San Diego will address physical and mobility connections to and within the site, including access for persons with disabilities, as well as ensuring that the site is socially and economically accessible to everyone.
The next listening session will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library at 4275 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109. For details on this event and other ways to participate in Seaport San Diego for All, please visit seaportsandiego.com.
The developer of Seaport San Diego is 1HWY1, LLC, a partnership that includes Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen, CEO, Jeff Jacobs and Jeffrey Essakow.
“The opportunity to redesign the Downtown San Diego waterfront is deeply meaningful to our team – and it comes with great responsibility to ensure access for all. We want Seaport San Diego to be an iconic gathering place and point of pride for all San Diegans and Californians,” said Gaffen, 1HWY1’s CEO. “In collaboration with Womxn’s Work Consulting, we are engaging with our communities in a dialogue about how the waterfront can be a more inviting and inclusive place for future generations. Seaport San Diego for All will help us identify public access improvements that will benefit everyone.”
Christina Griffin-Jones is co-founder and Vice President of Womxn’s Work Consulting, a San Diego-based firm that helps nonprofit organizations, government agencies and companies build meaningful and equitable relationships with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
“It’s a fact that historically, many people have faced unfair barriers to accessing the California coastline. It’s time to make inclusivity a priority as we redevelop San Diego’s waterfront for future generations – and Seaport San Diego is setting a new standard for equitable coastal access,” said Griffin-Jones, Vice President of Womxn’s Work Consulting. “Seaport San Diego for All is an inclusive outreach effort that intentionally seeks perspectives from people who may have been excluded from visiting our waterfront, beaches and coastal areas. By hearing their lived experiences, we can plan for a Seaport San Diego that is welcoming to all.”
1HWY1 was selected by the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners for its Seaport San Diego concept after a competitive process in 2016 in which developers submitted ideas for the land and water area known as the Central Embarcadero. After extensive community outreach and several design refinements, the Port of San Diego Board voted to advance the project into the California Environmental Quality Act review process in 2022. After the environmental review is complete, the project will be considered for approval.
ABOUT SEAPORT SAN DIEGO:
Seaport San Diego is an award-winning, comprehensive plan and proposal to revitalize our downtown San Diego Bayfront and engage, delight and sustain San Diego residents and visitors throughout the next century. This bold vision will increase access to our waterfront and showcase the natural beauty and unique character of our city. The plan enhances the San Diego experience with a diverse assortment of new landmarks, facilities, recreational areas and enriching cultural amenities. Seaport San Diego was named the 2022 ICSC GOLD Award recipient for Evolving Innovation and Aspiration in the New Developments category. For more information, please visit seaportsandiego.com.