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Posted 30 August 2012
The beauty of San Diego, California, continues to be accentuated with the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan. Located in an area of North Harbor Drive, the $28 million Embarcadero project includes the relocation of Harbor Drive to the east. It also provides the public easier access to San Diego Bay through a 105-foot esplanade that will extend from the B Street pier to the former Navy pier. Elaborate gardens, plazas, and shade pavilions that offer relief from the hot San Diego sun will also be key features.
Aesthetics will also include Medjool date palms, desirable for landscapes because of their striking appearance and easy maintenance, and they will surround West Broadway that is in the vicinity of the project near Harbor Drive. Decorative lighting will be added to provide an ambiance and to differentiate the area and set it apart.
To stay true to the art lovers of San Diego, new public art by Pae White, an internationally acclaimed artist, will be incorporated into the project’s architecture. Words from the Richard Bach novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull will be embedded into the roofs of the pavilion buildings. The words will cast sunlight on the ground during the day and be illuminated on the roofs at night.
At the San Diego bayfront, water conservation is always at top of mind so drip irrigation systems will be integrated along with drought-tolerant plants to conserve water. A stormwater drainage system will also be integrated that will provide a water treatment system.
The project stems from collaboration between the Port of San Diego, City of San Diego, and Centre City Development Corporation, a public, nonprofit corporation that works on behalf of the City to help manage its planning and permitting. Currently in progress, the project is estimated to be completed in July 2013, a perfect time of year to celebrate San Diego’s beautifully enhanced bayfront.