If the mayor wants to build a Convention Center expansion along the waterfront, he’ll have to do it without a new 1,600-room hotel across the street that was supposed to serve as cash cow for the project.
That’s the word from JMI Realty, co-owner of a parcel of property eyed for a new high-rise hotel in San Diego’s East Village near Petco Park.
Officials with the real estate company – part of former Padres owner John Moores’ family of businesses – said in a statement Wednesday they support expanding the Convention Center but have long opposed the coastal site, citing the loss of public access and views.
Instead, they favor a city-owned property known as Tailgate Park a half-mile away. A JMI hotel between the two convention buildings would have provided an aerial footbridge connection, sorely needed hotel rooms and additional meeting space inside.