Point Loma’s Naval Training Center (NTC), most-recognized by its distinctive Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, is a 510-acre historic naval facility. RICK was hired by the City of San Diego to transfer the NTC into what it is today: a thriving, heritage-inspired hub for commerce, historical reflection and the arts known as Liberty Station. As the lead consultant, RICK developed a Precise Plan and Vesting Tentative Map, working for both the City of San Diego and McMillin Land Development.
RICK created 350 dwelling units, 500,000-square feet of office/research and development space, more than 100,000-square feet of mixed-use space, two hotels with 1,000 room capacity, and a Metropolitan Wastewater laboratory. The scope of work also included master planning, preliminary design, environmental clearance and demolition plans for the project. Additional scope of work included tentative map preparation and processing, preliminary engineering for the widening and parkway enhancement of Rosecrans Street and Harbor Drive, on-site engineering for the development of the project, development of a Best Management Program, preparation and processing with a Record of Survey through the City of San Diego and the U.S. Navy, final design surveys, preliminary engineering for proposed local streets, as well as coordinating the Tidelands Trust Exchange with the City of San Diego, Port of San Diego and the State Lands Commission.
RICK led a multi-disciplinary team of consultants in developing a re-use plan, implementation program, and financing mechanism for the NTC. RICK alongside a 27 member Re-use Planning Committee (led by San Diego’s mayor) coordinated efforts for major public workshops, selected land uses, and gained support for a detailed mixed-use development and implementation program. RICK’s work involved a three-step program that happened simultaneously through the life of the project:
Step 1 – Re-Use Plan: Preparation of plans for land use and intensity, development and design guidelines, entitlement processes, and tentative maps;
Step 2 – Implementation Program: Creation of prototype marketing materials, community involvement via public outreach programs that included presentations, open houses, written materials, and overseeing marketing outreach from inception to fruition of project;
Step 3 – Financing: Identification of infrastructure requirements and rehabilitation costs, support of fiscal and economic analyses, financing strategy proposals, and support for property transfer negotiations on behalf of the City of San Diego.