Demolition of the Navy Broadway Complex Paves Way for Manchester Pacific Gateway Project

San Diego, (April 5, 2017) –The demolition of the Navy Broadway Complex began on April 4, 2017 and is the next step in the planned $1.3 billion redevelopment of the 12.07-acre Manchester Pacific Gateway project, in the works for nearly 11 years.

“In the 11 years that we have fought for this development, our enthusiasm and commitment has never wavered,” said Papa Doug Manchester. “We have worked through extensive review from six public agencies including the City of San Diego, San Diego County, United States Navy, San Diego Unified Port District, Civic San Diego, and California Coastal Commission, with predevelopment support from the Downtown San Diego Partnership, San Diego Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Economic Development Corporation, San Diego Military Advisory Council and numerous other groups and organizations that believe in our vision. The time has finally arrived for construction of a world-class venue for downtown San Diego.”
Voters granted the 12.07-acre net development property as the Navy Supply Center in 1920. It currently houses the Navy’s regional headquarters that will make way for a new development. The anticipated Manchester Pacific Gateway will feature seven buildings totaling three million square feet within eight-city blocks, including a new 17-story Class A office building for the U.S. Navy headquarters.

“The Navy is very excited to have reached this phase of the Manchester Pacific Gateway project. The transformation of this property is a big win for both the Navy and the City of San Diego. The Navy and San Diego have had a strong, mutually beneficial relationship for over 100 years. This project is another important chapter in that history,” stated Rear Admiral Yancy B. Lindsey, Commander, Navy Region Southwest.

Envisioned by Papa Doug Manchester, father of the San Diego Convention Center, and developer of the triple five-star Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, and the Columbia Center office building, this development is geared to become the grand entryway to San Diego’s booming upscale downtown and tourist community.
“I’m elated to accept this monumental responsibility for helping shape our waterfront district in the city that I love and call home,” said Papa Doug. “We have brought together the best architectural and development team in the world to ensure that every detail speaks to precision, elegance and style that will last for generations to come. I view this as an opportunity to recruit the best talent, businesses, retail, and hospitality to San Diego and to positively impact our economic growth and create new jobs. Manchester Pacific Gateway is a project for everyone, for our downtown local communities, and for people from around the world to see.”

The Manchester Pacific Gateway will include the following:

  • • Size and location: 12.07 acres on the waterfront bounded by Broadway, Pacific Highway, and Harbor Drive.
  • • Block 1: 1.9 acre park; 29-story, 473,200-square-foot office tower; 61,874 square feet of retail; 237,115-square-foot luxury boutique hotel with 260 rooms.
  • • Block 2: 29-story, 1.1 million-square-foot convention center hotel with 1,100 rooms; 41,447 square feet of supporting retail; and a 40,000-square-foot museum.
  • • Block 3: Eight-story, 184,365-square-foot office building and 61,620 square feet of retail; 17-story, 372,000-square-foot Navy headquarters in a Class A building.
  • • Block 4: Six-story, 25,256-square-foot office tower; Seven-story, 120,408 square-foot office tower; and 126,323 square feet of retail.

Manchester Pacific Gateway is consistent with the expansion and continuity of San Diego’s North Embarcadero Visionary Plan. More than four acres of the 12.07- acre project will be dedicated to parks and public open space, including a 1.9 acre public park on the waterfront at the foot of Broadway along Harbor Drive.

“This project is a beautiful extension of downtown San Diego, connecting the central business district to the waterfront, and encouraging pedestrian engagement,” said Perry Dealy, Development Manager for Manchester Pacific Gateway. “The pedestrian paseo, street setbacks, plaza, 40,000 square-foot museum, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants will cater to locals, as well as regional, national and international tourists.”

Dealy added that public parking will include 2,500 parking spaces for nights, weekends and holidays. “By opening up E, F and G streets for pedestrian access, walkability, and vehicles, Manchester Pacific Gateway will bring a vital and inspiring connection between downtown San Diego and the bay,” said Dealy.

Dick Gibbons, President & CEO for Manchester Financial Group, estimates that the project will bring in more than $12 million a year of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue to San Diego for parks, roads, police, fire and other public benefits for the neighborhoods, and more than $10 million a year of property tax to the County of San Diego. In addition, Manchester Pacific Gateway is expected to generate $15 million a year in sales tax and more than $14 million in Development Impact Fees (DIF) to fund parks, fire stations and traffic circulation improvements.
“Manchester Pacific Gateway will have a significant positive financial impact for San Diegans,” said Gibbons. “We believe that the project will generate about 2,443 construction jobs and nearly 3,000 permanent jobs. This is a visionary development, a true landmark that promises an extraordinary experience, and has local, regional, and world-wide appeal.”

Opinion: Let’s Get to Work and Take Pride Again in ‘Made in USA’

President Trump with Air Force One in the background. White House photo

President Trump with Air Force One in the background. White House photo

By Papa Doug Manchester

For the first time in decades we have an opportunity before us to form a vision of a stronger economy at home, a more secure place in the world, and a greater chance of success for all. From the struggles of inner cities and rust belt communities, to the beautiful coast of San Diego, we have a renewed hope of prosperity thanks to the capitalist approach of our current government — a strategy that we have not had before in the oval office.

Leaders in business have also acknowledged this. Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris stated that President Donald Trump was leading “the most pro-business administration since the founding fathers. That language of business is being spoken at the White House.” Finally, America the beautiful, the greatest nation on earth, has re-positioned itself in the national and global economy as pro-business, pro-jobs and pro-America again.

Economists for the Trump administration have proposed sweeping reforms in tax, trade, energy and regulatory policies that would boost growth to 3.5 percent per year on average, well above the 2 percent growth rate currently projected by government forecasters. We can do this. We’ve done it before. Growth averaged at least 3.5 percent per year in the last 55 years between World War II and 2000. With faster growth, we could provide 25 million more people with jobs in the workforce over the next decade.

I agree whole-heartedly with Trump’s plan and believe that manufacturing jobs will be brought back to the United States as a result of the tax policy and regulatory reforms. Over-regulation costs our economy $2 trillion a year and reduces average household wealth by almost $15,000. When small and large businesses alike have lower tax burdens, they’re better positioned to hire more people. Corporations and industries can transact more fluidly without paddling through time-intensive red-tape and legalities of regulations. This makes companies more productive, empowering them to hire more people and pay higher wages.

One strategy is to have a pro-growth tax plan where every income group receives a tax cut. Currently, millions of Americans are being removed from the income tax rolls and low-income Americans are paying no income tax at all. The greatest percentage reduction in tax goes to working and middle class taxpayers. If we lower the business tax rate to 15 percent from the current rate of 35 percent — one of the highest in the world — and reduce the repatriation tax to 10 percent, we could bring trillions of dollars back into the U.S. economy by bringing companies back to America.

The Trump pro-growth tax plan provides child-care deductions for children up to 13 years of age with an income cap, so that new deductions apply only to those with the greatest need. The plan also eliminates the carried-interest loophole currently benefiting Wall Street and the estate “death tax,” which falls especially hard on small businesses and farmers.

In addition to modifying taxes, I applaud Trump’s plan for a trillion-dollar infusion of funding to address our nation’s infrastructure. The time is now to address crumbling bridges, overflowing sewage drains, and rusting railroad tracks. We have become too accepting of decay, from urban traffic congestion to slow-moving trains to flights that are often disrupted due to outdated air-traffic-control systems. Making America’s infrastructure great again will provide millions of good-paying jobs to Americans everywhere. In San Diego, America’s Finest City, we must fix our deteriorating roads, sidewalks and storm drains, and also improve our park lands. The effort, already budgeted and approved, will add thousands of jobs to our local economy. Let’s get to work!

The president has also proposed an increase in military spending. For San Diegans, such an increase would be a tremendous boost to our military and for all of the corporations and industries in the military supply chain. It would mean good-paying jobs for tens of thousands of people in our community and a significant positive impact on our local economy.

As it pertains to energy, I believe we can become the world’s leader in energy production with a policy that will make us energy independent, creating millions of new jobs, and protecting clean air and clean water. We have one of the world’s most diverse resource bases — from abundant coal, oil, and natural gas, to geothermal, solar and wind. We are also the world’s leader in energy technologies like nuclear power.

Trump economists have stated that lifting unnecessary restrictions on all sources of American energy (such as coal and onshore and offshore oil and gas) will increase GDP by more than $100 billion annually, add over 500,000 new jobs annually, and increase annual wages by more than $30 billion over the next seven years. Lifting these restrictions will increase federal, state and local tax revenues by almost $6 trillion over four decades and increase total economic activity by more than $20 trillion over the next 40 years.

Above all, we need to get to work and ensure that America’s low-income communities step into prosperity with more affordable housing, better education, and more job opportunities. In addition, America’s middle class must find pathways to economic stability through a renewed emphasis on home-grown products and services, a return of manufacturing jobs to the United States, and execution of the toughest and smartest trade deals on behalf of American workers.

I believe we can restore confidence and strength in U.S. jobs and reinforce our belief that America leads the world in innovation, imagination and a commitment to succeed. I envision a nation that once again is proud to have products MADE IN THE USA. Let’s Get To Work!

Article from the Times of San Diego

Papa Doug Manchester: In Donald Trump, America Has Spoken

Papa Doug Manchester

President Trump signs an executive order in the White House on Friday. White House photo

By Papa Doug Manchester

America has spoken and the people’s desire for change has triumphed over the predictability of the status quo. Now, for the first time, a true capitalist is in the White House, an incredibly smart man with a big heart and an amazing family. His entire focus is on doing what is right for America, not what is politically correct.

Too many citizens of our wonderful country have felt neglected. They’ve become disenchanted with the executive government and bogged-down Congress. They’ve felt their voices have fallen on deaf ears with regards to the economy and healthcare. They don’t feel safe in a world faced with increasing terrorist attacks and want an America that’s respected worldwide. At home, they want opportunity and potential for their children and future generations to come.

For the Americans who felt secure with the status quo — including Republicans as well as Democrats — it’s time to reevaluate what the people have voted for. That includes not just the change that will occur in this nation, but the effect it will have in other countries throughout the world.

In the first 100 days, Trump will take action to make significant modifications. When it comes to the global economy, he will find ways to keep jobs in America, and encourage new industries to look to America first as a home for business and opportunity. He sums this up in two words — “Good Deal” — and is resolved to make sure agreements are beneficial for all sides.

What this means is a comprehensive reconsideration of trade policies, off-shore tax benefits and tax havens that make it profitable for companies to locate outside the United States. Trump is dedicated to reevaluating regulations in banking, fossil fuels, utilities and refining industries that make us more efficient and competitive. The President and his cabinet have a significant amount of discretion on how laws are enforced, and Trump’s executive appointments represent a clear and positive change in how the United States will conduct business.

President Trump’s vision for jobs is focused on creating a dynamic, booming economy that will create 25 million new jobs over the next decade. This includes reforming policies with a pro-growth tax plan, a new modern regulatory framework, an America-first trade policy, an unleashed American energy plan, and the “penny plan,” which seeks to reduce discretionary spending by one percent per year. The goal is to boost economic growth to 3.5 percent per year on average, with the potential to reach a 4 percent growth rate.

These are not arbitrary numbers, but concrete goals based on new, out-of-the-box practices from America’s first true capitalist President. We have already seen this in action on a small scale with mega-companies like Ford, Boeing and Sprint.

For those of us in San Diego who have a personal stake in the military, and a passionate, unwavering commitment to those who serve, and the families who support them, a re-investment in the military means a safer nation, an assertion and affirmation that we are the most powerful international country in history, and a huge boom to all of the industries and businesses who support the military.

As for healthcare, we deserve the best and most affordable healthcare in the world, and we’re in the process of identifying the most effective method to make this happen. In education, we deserve the brightest teachers, and top schools and curricula to offer the best opportunities for students, because our children who will step forward and continue our legacy are our most valuable assets.

Overall, we deserve leadership that listens to the will of the people and acts on their behalf to benefit all. As President Trump stated in his inaugural address, he is now “giving the power back to the people and putting America first.” I pray that we come together as a nation to support our leader, as a citizenry that’s passionate and understanding of the greater good, and as tolerant, loving and united individuals. Let’s work together to make the Trump presidency successful. Let’s make America great again.

Article from the Times of San Diego