The $400 million wholesale renovation of the city’s pier and harbor is facing stiff opposition from the community and now must face the Coastal Commission, who will consider the oppositions appeal regarding a “long list of substantial issues,” even though the project was designed in accordance with existing development limits.
The project would be a complete overhaul of the harbor and pier that would add a “524,000-square-foot “harbor village” with retail shops, creative office space, a 120-room hotel, 700-seat movie theater, a public market hall and new parking structures” in addition to a new boat launch, which is at the heart of the Coastal Commission appeal.
Though city leaders approved the project last year, November’s election saw a significant turnaround regarding the project’s fate. In the election, residents passed an initiative to limit the project and put the development’s staunchest critic in the mayor’s office. The developers are currently suing to invalidate the measure.
The opponents are concerned with the boat launch, the loss of boat slips and parking spots, the obstruction of views, increased traffic and the ‘commercialization’ of the coast.
Developers counter that their project increases access to the coast for all and solves many problems regarding parking and traffic.