SAN DIEGO -- Despite big plans by hotel developer and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester to turn the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal into an entertainment destination, it will remain a cargo facility.
During a nearly 7 hour board meeting, a third of which was taken up by talk of the marine terminal, port commissioners decided to unanimously sink a proposed plan to build a sports complex, hotel, and parks on the 96 acre port property.
“Those who think we can just move our 10th avenue cargos to National City are misguided and they do not know the facts,” said port Commissioner emeritus Steve Cushman.
Tenth Avenue is one of two marine terminals in San Diego County, with the other in National City. It is also one of two natural deep water harbors in all of California; the other is in San Francisco.
“A deep water harbor means you can bring big cargo ships in to load and unload cargo,” said Aimee Heim, manager of Government and Community Relations for the Port of San Diego. “Periodically, there are members of our community that believe this facility should be used for other things.”
It's been said that Heim is a job creator. There are 900 people who work directly at the terminal and another 14,000 indirect jobs.
“The Port of San Diego is uniquely situated in that we are a specialized port,” she said. “We move things that don’t fit well into standard containers. And you can see that when you look around this terminal.”
On Wednesday, workers are unloading parts for Solarwind Turbine. Heim said it shows how key the work being done at the terminal is to the future of the city, state and country.
“The port of San Diego moves enough alternative energy, wind tower and enough alternative energy goods to power 1.5 million homes in our region,” said Heim.