On Top of Downtown

Papa Doug Manchester

Papa Doug Manchester

On Top of Downtown – a conversation with Doug Manchester

By Andrea Naversen | Photography by Vincent Knakal

Few developers have shaped the San Diego skyline as much as Doug Manchester; the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, the San Diego Convention Center, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar are just some of the properties that bear his mark, and often, his name. Manchester, who likes to be called Papa Doug, is now developing the Manchester Pacific Gateway, a $1.3 billion waterfront project on downtown’s North Embarcadero. Considered to be the biggest and costliest private development in San Diego history, the 14-acre site, south of Broadway between Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive, will include hotels, offices, shops, and a new regional headquarters for the U.S. Navy.

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