The Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will take place 10 a.m. Nov. 15 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. Program: John Hancock, well known author of “Liberty Inherited.” A no-host lunch follows. Guests welcome. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for additional information.
Alternative Christmas Faire
Westminster Presbyterian Church will hold its Alternative Christmas Faire 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Gift ideas from around the world and local nonprofits at 3598 Talbot St., corner of Talbot and Canon in Point Loma, in the courtyard along Talbot Street. All are invited to participate!
SD United - Remembering Vegas victims, heroes
The community of San Diego is coming together for a night to raise funds for the Southern California families affected by the Vegas shooting. From 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov 10, the Hard Rock Hotel, 207 5th Ave., will host craft beer, food, a silent auction and many local artists. A Marine veteran and Ocean Beach resident Taylor Winston will be awarded for his heroic actions taken during this tragedy. Visit nightout.com for information on tickets.
Naval Base Restoration Advisory Board meeting
The regular meeting of the Naval Base Point Loma’s Restoration Advisory Board to discuss relevant issues will take place 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Qualtrough St. The meeting is open to the public.
Pocket park update
A third workshop on the proposed Avenida de Portugal pocket park will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. in the Cabrillo Recreation Center, 3051 Canon St. near Rosecrans.
The purpose of the workshop will be to blend 90 percent of a conceptual plan the public liked with portions of an alternative plan.
There has been community consensus favoring a nautical/historical/cultural themed park with drought- tolerant plants, a history wall, unique children’s play area features and small conversational areas — a passive park with something for adults and children.
Estimated completion of the park is spring 2020.
Meantime, a piece of public art is on a separate funding and approval track. Artist Nate Page has been commissioned to do the work. He met residents at the Point Loma branch library recently, but will not start on proposals until after the conceptual plan and theme are approved.
Liberty Station earns development award
The City of San Diego received a 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council in the Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse category for the transformation of the Naval Training Center into Liberty Station.
The Naval Training Center San Diego (NTC)/Liberty Station Redevelopment Project is the ongoing, public-private redevelopment of 430 acres of the former NTC, which opened in 1923 and closed in 1997 under the federal Base Realignment and Closure Act. With extensive public input, the NTC Reuse Plan aimed to recreate jobs lost with the closure, revitalize the then-flagging economy and add recreational amenities – all while celebrating San Diego’s rich maritime heritage in a vibrant, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly community.
Spanning more than two decades, the project involved building NTC Park, Sail Ho golf course, 349 private homes, two hotels and 1.4 million square feet of commercial, educational and civic/arts space. The city leased and sold parcels that are now subject to property tax, allowing tax increment reinvestment in the $400 million redevelopment project.
More than 2,500 San Diegans reside at Liberty Station, enjoying the waterfront NTC Park and Liberty Station’s artisan spaces and eclectic restaurants. Nearly 300 businesses employ more than 5,100 people, contributing more than $13M in property tax revenue. In 2016, Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund activity was $5.8M, more than double the projected $2.2M in annual tax revenue. Nearly complete, NTC has become a center of history, tourism, commerce and a "best place to live."
"The redevelopment of the Naval Training Center and Liberty Station shows all that can happen when the whole community – residents, business owners, the master developer and local government – commits and works toward developing a vision of San Diego's future,” said Erik Caldwell, Director of the City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department. “It's a place for people to live, work, play and enjoy, a new part of San Diego that still honors its rich military and maritime heritage."